Six new ministers in Srettha II Cabinet list published in Royal Gazette

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2024

The Srettha II Cabinet was officially announced on Sunday with six new faces and four previous ministers making their exit.

The Cabinet reshuffle list was signed by His Majesty the King and countersigned by Prime Minister Srettha Thawisin on Saturday before it was published in the Royal Gazette on Sunday.

In the new Cabinet, Srettha divests himself of the responsibility of finance minister, appointing Pichai Chunhavajira, ex-chairman of the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s board of directors, in his place. Pichai also doubles as a deputy prime minister.

Contrary to speculation that Srettha was likely to take the defence portfolio, he has retained incumbent Sutin Klungsang as defence minister.

Cholnan Srikaew lost his post of public health minister as speculated. He was replaced by Somsak Thepsutin, who had to give up his deputy PM status for this job. 

Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara retained his portfolio but lost his additional post of deputy prime minister.

Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit has been given additional responsibility as deputy prime minister.

Tourism and Sports Minister Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol was transferred to the post of culture minister in a swap with Sermsak Pongpanit.

Chakkrapong Saengmanee was transferred from the post of deputy foreign minister to PM’s Office minister.

Apart from Cholnan, those removed from the Cabinet were PM’s Office minister Puangpetch Chunla-iad, deputy agriculture minister Chaiya Promma, and deputy agriculture minister Anucha Nakasai.

Besides Pichai who got the post under the Pheu Thai’s quota, there are five other new faces in the Cabinet – three under Pheu Thai’s quota and one each under the Palang Pracharath and United Thai Nation’s quota.

The three other new faces under the Pheu Thai quota are: Deputy Finance Minister Paopoom Rojanasakul, PM’s Office Minister Jiraporn Sinthuprai and PM’s Office Minister Pichit Chuenban.

Attakorn Sirilattayakorn was appointed deputy agriculture minister under Palang Pracharath’s quota and Suchart Chomklin was appointed deputy commerce minister under United Thai Nation’s quota.