Former Thaksin aide gets Interior post


BANGKOK, Jan 24- The Thai Cabinet on Tuesday appointed a former personal secretary of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as secretary to the interior minister, Government Spokesperson Thitima Chaisang said on Tuesday.

Padung Limcharoenrat was appointed to replace Aree Krainara, former chief guard of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the Red Shirt movement.

Ms Thitima said she was appointed the prime minister’s deputy secretary general for political affairs. The Cabinet also assigned her to work as a caretaker government spokesperson.

In addition, Shinnawat Haboonpad, was appointed an advisor to the transport minister, while Wan Yubamrung, a son of Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, was appointed an advisor to the deputy transport minister.

Other postings are Sombat Rattano, as advisor to the deputy transport minister, Surachet Chaikosol as a secretary of the transport minister, and Wichienchanin Sinthuprai, as an assistant secretary of the deputy transport minister.