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Ex-Democrat MP Buddhipong the latest politician to be given government job

Sep 11. 2018
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By The Nation

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The Cabinet on Tuesday appointed former Democrat Party MP Buddhipong Punnakanta as the prime minister’s deputy secretary-general, with immediate effect.

As a political appointee, Buddhipong will be responsible for liaising between the government and the legislative assembly, regarding the issuance of new laws in accordance with the post-coup administration’s policies, said deputy government spokesman Colonel Athisit Chainuwat.

It remained unclear on Tuesday whether Buddhipong had left the Democrat Party.

He was a key figure in the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), which led a street rally against the previous government of Yingluck Shinawatra. 

In late 2013 the PDRC, led by veteran politician and former Democrat Party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban, staged street protests that lasted more than six months and culminated in a military coup in May 2014.

Buddhipong is the latest politician to have been given a government job.

Earlier, a number of politicians and former MPs were appointed to positions in the government, as well as in the Bangkok city administration. 

They include Palang Chon Party leader Sonthaya Khunplome, who became a PM adviser, and his brother Ittipol Khunplome, former mayor of Pattaya, who became an assistant minister attached to the PM’s Office. 

Another former Democrat MP and a leader of the PDRC, Sakoltee Phattiyakul, was appointed a deputy Bangkok governor by the junta-nominated Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang.


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