Military, bureaucrats to run cabinet

2014-09-02

 

    The Prayuth Chan-ocha cabinet, which came into effect on 31st August, is dominated by military officers with the strong support of bureaucrats and technocrats.

 

    Of 32 ministerial members taking up 34 positions, 11 of them are military officers who dominate core ministries such as Transport, Commerce, Interior, Education, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Justice.

 

    MR Pridiyathorn Devakula, a former deputy prime minister and former finance minister, will take on the role of deputy prime minister overseeing economy. Meanwhile, Sommai Pasi, former deputy secretary-general for finance and former deputy finance minister in the Surayud Chulanont administration, will serve as finance minister, and Narongchai Akrasanee, a senior economist and former commerce minister as energy minister. In the military ministerial area, some hold posts in the cabinet, the NCPO and the army, such as assistant army chief Gen Chatchai Sarikalya who is named commerce minister. Gen Chatchai, who is deputy chief of the NCPO’s economic affairs, is expected to be made deputy army chief in the annual reshuffle. Gen Paiboon Khumchaya is named justice minister. The cabinet post is seen as a consolation prize for the fact he will not be promoted as army chief. Lt Gen Surachet Chaiyawong, the army’s deputy chief-of-staff, is named deputy education minister.
 

 

    By Ou Siyang, MGTV reporter

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