By Thai Newsroom Reporters
NO CABINET RESHUFFLE will occur anytime soon after the no-confidence motion has failed to vote out Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over the weekend, according to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
Prawit today (Sept. 7) quoted Prayut as saying there will be no cabinet reshuffle as widely speculated in the media following a four-day censure debate and no-confidence vote.
Prawit told reporters at Government House everything will be fine with the government since the premier and five members of his cabinet survived the no-confidence motion.
In particular, the deputy premier said, Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thammanat Prompao is not getting in trouble though he might possibly be the first one to be reshuffled out of the Prayut cabinet.
Prawit’s comments apparently followed sensational allegations launched by an opposition MP during last week’s censure debate that some five million baht in cash bribe had been offered for each of a number of government MPs in the room specifically reserved for the premier at parliament. The kickback was allegedly meant to get those MPs to vote in support of the premier and to not abstain from voting.
Relationships between Prayut and Thammanat have reportedly turned sour lately whereas those between Prayut and Deputy Finance Minister Santi Prompat have remained intact.
Deputy Transport Minister Athirat Ratanaset, Deputy Labour Minister Naruemon Pinyosinjwat, Santi and Thammanat are largely viewed as belonging to the same set inside the Palang Pracharath Party which consists of several factions.
Thammanat who concurrently performs as secretary general of the Palang Pracharath Party is known to have dozens of MPs, mostly representing northern constituencies, at his command. Prawit concurrently acts as leader of the party.
Top: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan arriving at Government House this morning.
Home Page: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha attending today’s cabinet meeting. Photos: Siam Rath