PM Prayuth chairs 1st cabinet meeting

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BANGKOK, Sept 9 —  The cabinet of Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha had its first meeting at a heavily guarded Government House today.

It discussed the government policy statement to be given to the National Legislative Assembly, responsibilities and assignments among cabinet ministers and the visit of Thawil Pliensri, secretary-general of the National Security Council, to Malaysia today, to discuss future peace negotiation with the southern insurgency movements.

Gen Prayuth left his home early today, worshipped at the City Pillar Shrine and proceeded to Government House at 9.09am on the 9th of September, the ninth month of the year.

He wore a royally designed blue silk outfit reportedly to encourage cabinet ministers to wear Thai style outfits to preserve Thai culture.

Cabinet Secretary-General Ampon Kittiampon said that cabinet ministers would be briefed on cabinet meeting procedures, declaring their assets, cabinet agenda proposals and the appointments of their secretaries, deputies and advisors.

In addition, the National Council for Peace and Order supervisors for security, economic, social, legal and special affairs presented their work to the cabinet for the sake of the work’s continuity.

Crowds of Thai and foreign reporters covered the cabinet meeting at Government House, while soldiers and police thoroughly checked people and their vehicles.