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Cabinet nod for top-level Interior Ministry reshuffle affecting 12 provinces

Apr 24. 2018
Pawin Chamniprasart
Pawin Chamniprasart
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By The Nation

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The Cabinet on Tuesday approved Interior Ministry senior-level appointments in 12 provinces, mostly in the North and Northeast. The ministry’s deputy permanent secretary, Supachai Iamsuwan, has been appointed the new governor of Chiang Mai, replacing Pawin Chamniprasart, who is to take over Supachai’s job.

Chumphon Governor Narong Phonla-iad and Bueng Kan Governor Pisut Butsayapanpong have been named inspectors-general of the Interior Ministry. 

They will be replaced respectively by Viboon Rattanapornwong and Nirat Pongsithithaworn, who are both currently the ministry’s inspectors-general.

Six other provincial governors have seen their jobs swapped in the latest transfers involving senior Interior Ministry officials.

Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn has been appointed governor of Phayao, a neighbouring northern province. 

He is to be replaced by Prajon Pratchakun, who is currently the governor of Phayao.

Prachin Buri Governor Suriya Amornrojworawut has been named the new governor of Amnat Charoen, Phetchabun Governor Piboon Hatthakitkosol the new governor of Prachin Buri, Mae Hong Son Governor Suebsak Iamwijan as governor of Phetchabun, and Amnat Charoen Governor Sirirat Chum-uppakan as governor of Mae Hong Son. 

The appointments, part of the bureaucratic reshuffle in the middle of the 2018 fiscal year, will become effective after obtaining royal endorsement. 

Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda declined to comment as to whether the transfers of certain governors were connected to the high road-accident death tolls in their provinces during the recent Songkran holidays.

He merely said Interior Ministry permanent secretary Chatchai Promlert had suggested the transfers for the sake of suitability regarding the ministry’s personnel.

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