Thai king endorses new cabinet

September 02, 2023 / 10:15 AM
Thailand's new Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin arrives to give a press conference at Pheu Thai party's headquarters in Bangkok
Sharjah24 - AFP: Thailand's king endorsed a new cabinet on Saturday, taking the country one step closer to a fully functional administration after months of political deadlock.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn acknowledged the new cabinet led by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and the appointment of 34 ministers, according to a statement in the Royal Gazette, including some from the previous deeply unpopular army-backed administration.

May's election led to months of political wrangling, after a popular reformist candidate was rejected by conservative parliamentary blocs -- paving the way for runners-up Pheu Thai party to form a controversial coalition government.

"Srettha Thavisin, the prime minister, has selected a qualified cabinet to administer the country further, so the King has commanded a new cabinet," the statement read.

The new cabinet sees Srettha as Minister of Finance and Anutin Charnvirakul -- the former health minister from the previous military-led government -- as the deputy prime minister.

Police General Patcharawat Wongsuwan, brother of ex-army chief Prawit Wongsuwan who was closely involved in 2014's coup, has been appointed minister of natural resources and environment.
September 02, 2023 / 10:15 AM

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