PM asks public to give her cabinet opportunities

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BANGKOK, 10 August 2011  – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has asked the public for an opportunity for her cabinet to work for the country after some cabinet members are cristicised as not suitable for the task assigned. 

The prime minister reassured that the selection of each cabinet member was made with thorough consideration and with the help of advisors specialized in each field. The prime minister defended that Foreign Minister Surapong Towichakchaikul is suitable for the post because of his long experience as MPs for many terms and has been through a number of tasks, especially economy. She believed that he will be able to enhance the country’s diplomacy.

Ms Yingluck announced that each cabinet member will be given six months to work prior to evaluation. She added that the government’s policy statement will be announced to Parliament within 15 days after the cabinet members take the oath of allegiance.

Upon concerns expressed by the Federation of Thai Industries that Ms Yingluck’s economic management will only focus on the capital market, the prime minister responded that Deputy Prime Minister Kittirat Na Ranong will be taking care of the overall picture of economy while experts have been invited as his advisors.

The Prime Minister reiterated that the government’s focus includes industrial and investment activities as well. She said her executive branch is now ready to move the country forward alongside the legislature.