Myanmar's president reshuffled his cabinet yesterday in a long-awaited move seen as promoting reform-minded allies and sidelining a prominent hardliner. Former general Thein Sein awarded four of his key ministers the joint role of minister of the president's office in what his aides said was a bid to speed up the reform process. They include the railway minister, Aung Min, who has played a leading role in ceasefire talks with ethnic rebels, as well as the finance minister, Hla Tun, and the industry minister, Soe Thein - key figures in economic reforms. The country's hardline information minister, Kyaw Hsan, who for years oversaw the regime's often-fraught relations with the media, has been moved to the seemingly obscure role of minister of co-operative. He will head a ministry whose role, according to its website, is to "promote co-operative socio-economic well being". Labour Minister Aung Kyi - the former junta's official liaison to democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi while she was under house arrest - will replace him. Since last year, Thein Sein has overseen dramatic changes such as the release of hundreds of political prisoners and the election of Suu Kyi to parliament.