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23 September 2008 :: 17:09:16 pm 42195

Pm: First Meeting of New Cabinet Later This Week

BANGKOK, Sept 23 - Thailand's newly-appointed Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat said Tuesday he expected his first cabinet meeting would be held late this week.
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Newly-appointed Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat on Tuesday affirmed that the 36 members of the new cabinet line-up have been selected appropriately, saying they are all appropriate candidates.

Responding to news reports about heavy bargaining for ministerial posts having taken place within the coalition government’s party meetings, he said it is the responsibility of each party to select suitable persons for the posts.

Mr. Somchai said he had already submitted his list of the new Cabinet members to the Cabinet’s secretary-general, who said the examination of the qualifications of all members would be completely done on Tuesday.

Then, the secretary-general would liaise with concerned officials to forward the list for royal endorsement.

Asked whether he felt stressed from preparing the new cabinet lineup, he said: “It is normal to have problems when doing life. When there is a stress, we have to know how to manage it.”

Regarding the continued demand by a key party faction for more ministerial posts, he said it was just an expression of opinions or desires to see good people assume the posts. Above all, he would finally be able to name 36 suitable persons to the new cabinet. “In my view, all 36 members of the new cabinet are all ‘good-looking.’ Anyhow, it depends on the perspective of each individual. Some may see they look good but some may not. It doesn’t matter. Let’s give them an opportunity to work first,” he said.

Mr. Somchai said he would attempt to have his cabinet present a policy statement before Parliament by the end of this month.

Asked whether the government’s policy would change from the existing one, he said he would assign the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) to see how it could improve the existing policy.

He reiterated his government would begin work immediately after being sworn in. Asked whether he could give the reason behind a decision to name new ministers after his cabinet line-up received the royal endorsement, he said he could answer any questions raised by society about the nomination. (TNA)

PM: First meeting of new cabinet later this week

BANGKOK, Sept 23 – Thailand’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat said Tuesday he expected his first cabinet meeting would be held late this week.

The 61-year-old prime minister who was royally appointed last Thursday said Surachai Phuprasert of the secretariat of the Cabinet had informed him that the new cabinet line-up had already been forwarded to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej for royal endorsement.

After all the ministers have received royal endorsement, they will have an audience with the king for an oath-taking ceremony and only then they can start their work.

Mr. Somchai said he expected that his cabinet would probably hold its first meeting late this week.

On reports that several politicians having close connections with former deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister Newin Chidchob, a close supporter of ousted, fugitive ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, were left out from the new cabinet and were unhappy, Mr. Somchai said he had appointed ministers based on their qualifications and appropriateness.

It is believed that Mr. Newin commands more than 70 members of parliament representing the northeastern provinces.

Holding an optimistic view that there would be no squabbling among members of the ruling People Power Party (PPP) in which he is a deputy leader, Mr. Somchai said he believed he could work with the PPP members well because they had worked together since the outgoing administration of Samak Sundaravej.  (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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