Thai king endorses new cabinet weeks after disputed election

12-Jul-2019 Intellasia | CNA | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has endorsed the new civilian cabinet of prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha following a March 24 election, the Royal Gazette said on Wednesday (July 10).

The endorsement comes after weeks of discussion, after Prayuth was picked by military-appointed senators and lawmakers who were elected in a vote that his opponents said was rigged.

Prayuth was also named as defence minister. The new finance minister is Uttama Savanayana, leader of the Palang Pracharat Party which backed Prayuth.

Uttama held the industry portfolio in the military government and before that held various positions in the private sector.

Prayuth’s loyalists including Prawit Wongsuwan, Somkid Jatusripitak and Wissanu Krea-ngam remain deputy prime ministers.

Former deputy leader of the military government, Anupong Paochinda, retains his post as interior minister.

But Prayuth shared out some important economic portfolios with other political parties in his coalition government made up of 19 parties.

The Democrat Party took the agriculture and commerce ministries, while the Bhumjaithai Party took the health, transport and tourism portfolios.

Wanwichit Boonprong, a political analyst at Rangit University, said he was disappointed by a line-up that appeared aimed more at paying back political allies than ensuring the best people were in charge.

“This is more about matching parties interests rather than naming appropriate people for the right job,” he said.


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