Cabinet reshuffle aims at improving efficiency: PM

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted that the most recent reshuffle of the cabinet, published in the Royal Gazette on Nov 24, is intended to improve the government’s work efficiency, government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Saturday (Nov 25).

The spokesman said Gen Prayut would like the people to have confidence in him and the new cabinet, which he said will follow the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s roadmap with improved efficiency.

The prime minister is unhappy to have left out some of the old cabinet members, but insists that the move was necessary. He also did not mind all criticisms which followed the recent reshuffle for seeing this as a normal occurrence, Lt Gen Sansern said.

His Majesty the King endorsed the new cabinet line-up on Nov 23 and the reshuffle was published in the Royal Gazette on Nov 24.

Among the departing ministers are Deputy Prime Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn; Deputy Prime Minister ADM Narong Pipatanasai; Deputy Defence Minister Gen Udomdej Seetabutr; Prime Minister’s Office Minister Ormsin Chivapruk.

Lt Get Sansern said Gen Prayut now wants all to focus on the performance of the new cabinet.

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd

Despite the reshuffle, the mobile cabinet meeting on Nov 27-28 in Pattani and Songkhla provinces in the South is still on as scheduled.

However, the new cabinet members will not yet be able to join as they have yet to undergo a swear-in ceremony before His Majesty the King, while the old cabinet members who have been switched to take new cabinet posts can still attend the cabinet meeting in the old capacities.

Weerasak Kowsurat, who have been named new tourism and sports minister, posted on his Facebook page to thank all who have congratulated him.  He said he would work to the best of his ability and asked for cooperation from all concerned.

Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Mr Weerasak’s predecessor, wrote a farewell letter in her own handwriting, saying that the past three years as tourism and sport minister was a valuable time in her life as she had worked with the people of all sectors, particularly those of a new generation, to develop the Thai tourism toward quality and sustainability.

M.L.Panadda Diskul, the former deputy education minister, posted on Facebook, saying that he is proud to have served as an official under His Majesty the King until retirement.

Ormsin Chivapruek, the former PM’s Office minister, said he was not informed in advance that he would be left out.  However, he was not sorry because he has done his best and is proud to have worked with Gen Prayut.