Thailand: Final say on reshuffle rests with PM

  • Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed he has the final say when it comes to the cabinet reshuffle, in response to growing speculations of an impending rejig after after three ministers were jailed last week.
  • On 1 Mar 21, Gen Prayut said while the coalition parties may propose changes to their cabinet line-ups, the final authority rests with him.
  • The issue, he said, is being discussed with leaders from the Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties, whom he has urged to work together for the sake of moving the country forward.
  • “Leave the issue in my care,” Gen Prayut said, before saying he will need some time to analyse the impact of any changes to the ministerial line-up on government functions.
  • Democrat leader Jurin Laksanawisit, who is both a deputy prime minister and commerce minister, said the Democrats’ quota in the cabinet remains unchanged, adding that each party has their own mechanism to decide which of their members will be nominated to fill the vacant seats.
  • PM’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai, who is also the PPRP secretary-general, said Gen Prayut has given no indications of an impending reshuffle, before declining to comment on rumours that he would succeed Mr Buddhipongse as DES minister.

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