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03 August 2008 :: 11:08:24 am 43180

Samak Government Cabinet Reshuffle List Announced

BANGKOK, Aug 2 - Thailand‘s reshuffled cabinet list was announced Saturday evening after His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej give his royal endorsement to the lineup.
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Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said earlier that the shake-up was necessary to get the government back on track after some ministers were forced to resign having lost legal battles involving qualifications or other.

Mingkwan Saengsuwan was removed as deputy prime minister and commerce minister but took over the ministry of industry portfolio, replacing Suwit Khunkitti who announced earlier that he decided to pull his Puea Pandin Party out of coalition government, while former Health Minister Chaiya Somsab, who was forced to leave office, came back as Commerce Minister.

Former national police chief Pol.Gen. Kowit Wattana was named interior minister and as a deputy prime minister to replace outspoken Pol.Capt. Chalerm Yubamruang who said earlier that he would lost his post as interior minister.

Prasong Kositanond was appointed deputy interior minister.

New faces were included in the cabinet list were Phichet Tancharoen who was appointed to be deputy commerce minister; Suchart Thadadamrongwej and Pichai Nariptapand named deputy finance ministers while deputy parliamentary speaker Somsak Kiatsuranond becomes culture minister.

Chavarat Charnvirakul left the social development and human security ministry to become health minister and Culture Minister Anusorn Wongwan moves to the social development and human security ministry.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology Mun Pattanothai received the additional role of deputy prime minister.

Ministers who lost their portfolios included Deputy Commerce Minister Wiroon Techapaiboon; Deputy Finance Minister Ranongrak Suwanchawee; and Deputy Interior Minister Sithichai Kohsurat.

The reshuffle follows the last week’s appointment of Tej Bunnag as foreign minister to replace Noppadon Pattama, who resigned after the court ruled that his signing of an agreement with Cambodia was unconstitutional. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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