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24 January 2012 :: 12:01:15 pm 61479

King urges new cabinet ministers to work with honesty

BANGKOK, Jan 23 - His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Monday asked the newly-sworn ministers to work with integrity for the nation, befitting their duties as ministers.
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The monarch reminded the new ministers to strictly honour their oaths and perform their duties with honesty for national prosperity and stability.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday led the 16 newly-appointed Cabinet ministers to take the oath of allegiance before HM the King at the Chalerm Prakiat Building in Siriraj Hospital, where the monarch has been receiving medical treatment.

The king last Wednesday gave his royal endorsement to the Cabinet reshuffle, mostly involving the Pheu Thai Party. The premier decided to have her first reshuffle since taking office in August, saying the changes were based on her team’s suitability in continuing the government’s work following its first six months in office.

Among key ministers being reshuffled are Kittaratt Na Ranong, reappointed as deputy prime minister and moving from the commerce ministry to a concurrent finance ministry role, Defence Minister Gen Yutthasak Sasiprapa was appointed deputy prime minister, while Minister of Transport ACM Sukumpol Suwanatat replaced him as defence minister.

A key leader of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), Red Shirt Nattawut Saikua, who faces terrorism charges after leading UDD’s anti-government protest against Abhisit Vejjajiva, was appointed deputy agriculture minister.

A new female minister was included in the reshuffle list. Former Thai Trade Representative Nalinee Taveesin replaced another woman, Kritsana Seehalak, as minister to the prime minister’s office.

Ms Nalinee’s appointment has drawn criticism, mainly from the opposition Democrat Party, which urged the prime minister to reconsider her decision following alleged business connections with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe that led to financial sanctions by the US government.

Prime Minister Yingluck stood by her decision, saying Ms Nalinee’s qualifications were in line with the constitution.

Ms Nalinee told a news conference on Sunday that she would not resign and asked the public to give her the opportunity to prove herself.

Ms Yingluck on Monday said that Ms Nalinee’s appointment to the Cabinet not meant to favour her brother fugitive former premier Thaksin’s business in Africa, but to give appointee Nalinee a work opportunity.

She also urged the public to treat Ms Nalinee with fairness.

Report by : MCOT

Category : Politics News

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