HM the King endorses cabinet reshuffle


BANGKOK, Oct 28 – His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Sunday endorsed the cabinet reshuffle proposed by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The major cabinet shake-up involved 23 cabinet seats with key changes as followed:

Jarupong Ruangsuwan was shifted from the Transport Ministry to take the post of Interior Minister. Chadchart Sittipunt was promoted from Deputy Transport Minister to the new head of that ministry.

Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi was appointed to become Deputy Prime Minister, while his ministerial post was taken up by Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Woravat Auapinyakul.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul took a deputy prime ministerial post concurrently.

Red Shirt leader Nattawut Saikua was changed from Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister to Deputy Commerce Minister.

As for members of the so-called House No. 111 or former executives of the disbanded Thai Rak Thai party, Pongthep Thepkanchana took the posts of Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister concurrently. Pongsak Raktapongpaisarn became the Energy Minister.

Government spokeswoman Sansanee Nakpong was appointed as Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office.

Yukol Limlaemthong, former Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Cooperatives, replaced Agriculture and Cooperatives minister Theera Wongsamut who earlier announced his resignation from the post citing health problem.