Yingluck’s third cabinet set up

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Thailand’s finance minister Kittirat Naranong retained his post in the cabinet reshuffle

Thailand’s new cabinet, the third in Yingluck Shinawatra’s 16-month period as Prime Minister, was endorsed by the country’s King on October 28.

The reshuffle saw 12 cabinet members dropped, but most key ministers retained their portfolios, including Kittirat Naranong, the finance minister, and the foreign and interior ministers.

Among the key posts that were replaced were the industry minister, the energy minister, the education minister, the public health minister, the culture minister, the Prime Minister’s Office minister  and a few deputy ministers.

Some cabinet members have been moved from one portfolio to another, including Chad Kuladilok from the post of deputy transport minister to that of deputy interior minister, Plodprasop Surasavadi from the post of science and technology minister, while some have been promoted, including foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul who will act now as deputy prime minister.

Recent polls indicate that Yingluck has grown in popularity this year, after being widely criticised for her government’s slow response to the flood crisis of late 2011. In a national survey, polling group Abac found that 53 per cent of respondents would vote for Yingluck’s party if an election was held today, while 36 per cent would vote for the main opposition Democrats.

More tellingly, 64 per cent said Yingluck had “become more self-confident” and 59 per cent approved of her performance on numerous official trips overseas as well as at home.

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Thailand’s finance minister Kittirat Naranong retained his post in the cabinet reshuffle

Thailand’s new cabinet, the third in Yingluck Shinawatra’s 16-month period as Prime Minister, was endorsed by the country’s King on October 28.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Thailand’s finance minister Kittirat Naranong retained his post in the cabinet reshuffle

Thailand’s new cabinet, the third in Yingluck Shinawatra’s 16-month period as Prime Minister, was endorsed by the country’s King on October 28.

The reshuffle saw 12 cabinet members dropped, but most key ministers retained their portfolios, including Kittirat Naranong, the finance minister, and the foreign and interior ministers.

Among the key posts that were replaced were the industry minister, the energy minister, the education minister, the public health minister, the culture minister, the Prime Minister’s Office minister  and a few deputy ministers.

Some cabinet members have been moved from one portfolio to another, including Chad Kuladilok from the post of deputy transport minister to that of deputy interior minister, Plodprasop Surasavadi from the post of science and technology minister, while some have been promoted, including foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul who will act now as deputy prime minister.

Recent polls indicate that Yingluck has grown in popularity this year, after being widely criticised for her government’s slow response to the flood crisis of late 2011. In a national survey, polling group Abac found that 53 per cent of respondents would vote for Yingluck’s party if an election was held today, while 36 per cent would vote for the main opposition Democrats.

More tellingly, 64 per cent said Yingluck had “become more self-confident” and 59 per cent approved of her performance on numerous official trips overseas as well as at home.

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