PM says he will reshuffle his cabinet within this year

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Thursday (Nov 2) that he would reshuffle his cabinet within this year, but has not decided yet whether the shake-up will be limited or a major one involving several ministerial portfolios.

Regarding the resignation of Labour Minister Gen Sirichai Ditsakul, the prime minister said Gen Sirichai quit because he wanted to do some business. He then asked the media not to ask him again about this issue.

PM on Labour Minister's resignation

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Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, meanwhile, said that the decision to reshuffle the cabinet rests with the prime minister.  He added that even though he oversees the Ministry of Labour, he would not nominate anyone to fill up the post which was left vacant by the resignation of Labour Minister General Sirichai.

Asked whether the shake-up will see less military figures in the cabinet, Gen Prawit said that it might be possible. As for himself who is also the defence minister, he said it depends on the prime minister whether to keep him in the cabinet or not.

Gen Sirichai and his team who includes Vice Minister and his secretary tendered their resignation letters effective as of Wednesday (Nov 1) after the prime minister invoked his special power under Section 44 of the Interim Constitution to transfer Employment Department director-general Waranont Peetiwan to become deputy permanent secretary of labour.

Mr Waranont admitted that he had no idea about the motives of his abrupt transfer but, as a government official, he was ready to accept the decision of his boss.