PM asserts cabinet reshuffle won’t disrupt government action

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BANGKOK, Nov 3 — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday asserted that the latest cabinet reshuffle won’t disrupt her government’s policy implementation, saying that the administration has focused on policy rather than personnel.

Ms Yingluck, on her weekly TV programme “The Yingluck Government Meets the People”  said she decided to reshuffle the cabinet due to the resignation of two ministers — Yongyuth Wichaidit as deputy prime minister/interior minister and Theera Wongsamut as agriculture and cooperatives minister.

She said the reshuffle involved 23 cabinet ministers but most of them were already working in the cabinet, but only changed their responsibilities.

The premier, therefore, said she was confident the work would run smoothly with continuity as policy was more significant than personnel.

Ms Yingluck said that she would oversee the security matters herself while measures to solve the southern violence problems would be driven by a new committee under the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC).

Work in the areas would be the responsibility of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) and SBPAC, she added.