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26 September 2008 :: 04:09:48 am 42128

Thailand’s New Cabinet Sworn in Before King

HUA HIN, Sept 25 - Thailand‘s Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat led his new Cabinet in attending a swearing-in ceremony in the presence of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Klaikangwon Palace in the southern resort town of Hua Hin on Thursday.
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Mr. Somchai said he is scheduled to hold the first Cabinet meeting in Bangkok Friday to discuss the government’s main policies with all the coalition parties.

A working group has been set up to see to it that the policies of Somchai government will be scrupulously defined and remain compatible with those earlier laid out during the Samak administration.

The government’s policies are yet to be presented for debate in Parliament without a subsequent voting.

Only time will tell how efficiently the newly-named ministers of the Somchai Cabinet will perform in the interest of the country and people, the premier commented.

Mr. Somchai admitted that the composition of his cabinet would not satisfy everyone, especially his critics, but gave assurances that all of them would will remain undaunted by criticism.

In particular, the prime minister said, a politically-experienced Gen. Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, who was named one of the five deputy premiers, is believed to be able to help boost the government’s credibility and build confidence in the eyes of the public.

The premier dismissed criticism that it would only be a matter of time before he dissolves the House of Representatives and calls for a general election. Instead, the premier said, the new government was obliged to carry out policies and plans designed and implemented by the previous government.

Mr. Somchai said he could explain about his cabinet line-up to those among the rank and file of the ruling People Power Party who may have raised suspicions about it.

But the premier declined to comment on why he had to assume the post of defence minister concurrently.

Meanwhile, Pipop Thongchai, a leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), said the PAD would continue to protest against any coalition government led by the PPP, including the current one, as well as any attempt to amend the Constitution. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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