Thailand: Prayut pledges reshuffle by month-end

  • Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha assured on 2 Mar 21 a cabinet reshuffle would be completed by the end of Mar 21, saying the distribution of ministerial quotas among government coalition parties would remain unchanged for the time being.
  • The cabinet on 2 Mar 21 appointed people to assume caretaker roles in the affected ministries pending a reshuffle which was forced by the removal of Buddhipongse Punnakanta, Nataphol Teepsuwan and Thaworn Senneam from their cabinet posts.
  • On a possible redistribution or swapping of ministerial posts among coalition partners, Gen Prayut said the arrangements remained unchanged for the time being. It also remained to be seen if only the three vacant posts would be filled or major changes would be made to the line-up, he said.
  • The prime minister also shrugged off reports that small coalition parties would lobby for cabinet seats in the upcoming reshuffle.
  • Meanwhile, the PPRP executive board resolved that party leader Gen Prawit Wongsuwon is to have the final say in the upcoming cabinet reshuffle.
  • Deputy leader Wirach Ratanasate said it was agreed that Gen Prawit will be in charge of the changes.
  • Mr Wirach said the board meeting did not discuss any candidates for the vacant posts and would leave the issue in the hands of Gen Prawit.

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