First Female DPM Led Line-Up of 13 Cabinet Ministers in Swearing In

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail led a line-up of 13 Cabinet ministers in taking their oath of office, loyalty and secrecy before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara today.

The swearing-in, which took place at the Singgahsana Kecil (Minor Throne Room) of the palace, was witnessed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali.

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The ceremony began at 5.45pm with the acceptance of the instrument of appointment by Dr Wan Azizah as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Women and Family Development.

She then took her oath and signed the official instrument of appointment, witnessed by Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

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Then, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Lim Guan Eng and Mohamad Sabu took their oath together as the Home Minister, Finance Minister and Defence Minister, respectively.

Dr Maszlee Malik, Rina Harun and Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali took their oath together as the Education Minister, Rural Development Minister and Economic Affairs Minister, respectively.

Subsequently, Zuraida Kamaruddin, Anthony Loke and Gobind Singh Deo took their oath together as the Housing and Local Government Minister, Transport Minister and Communications and Multimedia Minister, respectively.

Finally, Salahuddin Ayub, M Kulasegaran and Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad took their oath together as the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, Human Resource Minister and Health Minister, respectively.

Dr Mahathir is expected to name the rest of his Cabinet line-up in stages.

After the swearing-in ceremony, Dr Mahathir, Dr Wan Azizah and the Cabinet ministers and their spouses attended the breaking-of-the-fast with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.