Xaysi Santivong is new Minister of Home Affairs


The Lao government has appointed Xaysi Santivong to be the new Minister of Home Affairs; he replaces Khampane Philavong who is retiring.

The Ministry of Home Affairs was previously known as the Public Administration and Civil Service Authority and was formed in 2011. The Vientiane Times reports that the new minister will be involved in improving regulations on Government and Local Administration, protection and management of religion, geography, document management, citizen management, ethnicity association and charity as well as drafting a new Law on Civil Servants.

The official press release as published on the Lao News Agency (KPL) is as follows:

“New Minister of Home Affairs appointed

(KPL) Mr Xaysi Santivong, a member of the Party Central Committee, has been appointed as new Minister of Home Affairs, replacing Mr Khampan Philavong, who will take a new post at the Government Office.

The assumption ceremony for Mr Xaysi Santivong who was also former Deputy Head of the Party’s Personnel Committee as new minister, was held in Vientiane on Tuesday in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly and relevant high-ranking officials.

The reshuffle was made in response to the demand of works in the ministry along with improvement of work.

Early this year, the Government reshuffle saw Governor of Xayabouly Province, Dr Lien Thikeo as new Minister of Finance replacing Mr Phouphet Khamphouvong, former Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport. Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong as new Minister, replacing his predecessor Sommad Pholsena, former Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mrs Khemmany Pholsena as a new Minister of Industry and Commerce, replacing Dr Nam Viyakhet.

In addition, the government has appointed new deputy ministers for many ministries, including the ministries of planning and investment, foreign affairs and public works and transport.”

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