More military outgoings than incomings in new Cabinet: PM
There will be more outgoing military officers than incoming ones in the freshly reshuffled Cabinet, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Monday.
“I never think about the proportion [of military and civilian officers in the Cabinet],” he said. “Why? Do you mind the military that much?”
The yet-to-be-publicised list has already been finalised, the PM reiterated.
The fourth reshuffle of Prayut’s three-year-old Cabinet follows his announcement earlier this month of a shake-up shortly after General Sirichai Distakul abruptly resigned from his position as labour minister.
There has been speculation that the reshuffle will also revamp the Cabinet’s economy-related ministerial line-up.
Prayut had also said that he was considering reducing the number of military officers in the Cabinet and outnumbering them with civilian ministers.
However, his senior and close military aides are not expected to be cast out of the Cabinet, as the premier said last week that his deputy and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda and Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister General Chatchai Sarikulya would remain following the reshuffle.
He did not clarify whether they would stay in their current posts or be shifted to other positions.