VIENTIANE, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) — The ongoing Lao National Assembly (NA) session has approved a reshuffle and appointments in public security, national defence and the banking sectors.

According to the state-run Lao News Agency (KPL), the NA appointed Deputy Minister of National Defence Maj. Gen. Vilay Lakhamfong as Minister of Public Security, replacing Maj. Gen. Somkeo Silavong who will hold a senior position at the Ministry of National Defence.

According to local daily Vientiane Times’ Thursday report, the reshuffle was approved following the proposals of Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.

The NA meeting also listened to a government report on its performance including the effectiveness of the public security sector over the past midterm.

At their debate on the reshuffle on Wednesday, NA members expressed their support for the government decision, saying it met current administrative requirements, said the daily.

The assembly on Wednesday also approved Acting Governor of Bank of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the central bank, Sonexay Sithphaxay as the new governor of the bank.

The approval of the appointment was voted by members of the 8th National Assembly’s 6th Ordinary Session.

The NA members asked the appointed officials to strictly comply with the laws of the country, to strictly impose the rule of law, improve human resources quality, and to be good role models for new generations in respecting the law, said the Lao state-run media.

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