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Prayut coy about taking on Defence Minister role

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha urged media on Friday morning to "wait and see" whether he would also appoint himself Defence Minister in the upcoming fourth Cabinet shuffle of his government.

Local media reported on Friday that in the upcoming reshuffle Prayut would take over the Defence Minister post, while allowing current Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan to remain his Deputy Prime Minister.
There has been a trend toward PMs concurrently occupying the Defence lead, including the last prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. Other concurrent holders were: General Chatichai Choonhavan General Suchinda Kraprayoon, Chuan Leekpai, General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, Samak Sundaravej, and Somchai Wongsawat.
Asked if he had submitted his proposed new Cabinet lineup list for royal endorsement, Prayut said, “I'm doing”.

Published : November 17, 2017

By : The Nation