By Thai Newsroom Reporters
CABINET SEATS IN THE Pheu Thai-led government headed by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin have been completely meted out among coalition partners, partisan sources confirmed today (Aug.26.).
As core of the coalition government, the Pheu Thai under de facto party boss Thaksin Shinawatra has proportionately grabbed most cabinet seats apart from the newly-voted prime minister who will concurrently perform as finance minister.
From his hospital bed with a cellphone by his side around the clock, Thaksin who was admitted at Police Hospital for reported “illnesses” barely half a day after he had been put behind bars following his return from 17 years of self-exile was said to have played a decisive part in the meting out of the cabinet portfolios and ministerial seats among the coalition partners.
The de facto Pheu Thai boss’s right-hand man Bhumtham Wechayachai who has earlier performed as a leading negotiator for the setup of the coalition government will be deputy prime minister-cum-commerce minister whilst Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew will be public health minister.
Suriya Juangroongruangkit and Somsak Thepsuthin, the co-leaders of Sam Mit Group as a faction inside Thaksin’s camp, will be transport minister and deputy prime minister respectively whilst Pheu Thai secretary-general Prasert Chanthararuangthong will be digital minister.
Under the Pheu Thai quota, Nattapon Nakpanit will be defence minister, Suthin Klangsaeng will be culture minister, Julapan Amornvivat will be foreign minister, Sudawan Wangsupakitkosol will be tourism & sports minister and Puangpet Chunlaead will be minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Under the Pheu Thai quota, Chusak Sirinil and Panpree Panitthanukorn will both be deputy prime minister whilst Surapong Piyachote and Monaporn Charoensri will both be deputy transport minister and Krisada Jinavijarana will be deputy finance minister.
The Bhumjaithai, the second largest coalition partner under de facto party boss Newin Chidchob, has secured eight cabinet seats for Bhumjaithai leader Anutin Charnvirakul who will be deputy prime minister-cum-interior minister, Permpoon Chidchob will be education minister, Pipat Ratchakitprakarn will be labour minister and Songsak Thongsri will be higher education minister.
Under Newin’s camp’s quota, Chada Thaiset will be deputy interior minister, Surasak Pancharoenvorakul will be deputy education minister, Napinthorn Srisanpang will be deputy agriculture minister and Supamat Isarapakdee will be deputy commerce minister.
The Palang Pracharath led by Prawit “Uncle Pom” Wongsuwan has grabbed four cabinet seats for Patcharawat Wongsuwan who will be natural resources & environment minister, Palang Pracharath secretary-general Thammanat Prompao who will be agriculture minister, Santi Prompat who will be deputy interior minister and Pai Lik who will be deputy transport minister.
The Ruam Thai Sang Chart as the fourth largest coalition partner under de facto party boss Prayut “Uncle Tu” Chan-o-cha has taken four cabinet seats for Ruam Thai Sang Chart leader Pirapan Salirathavipak who will be energy minister, Chayothit Krisadakorn who will be industry minister, Supon Julasai who will be deputy interior minister and Anucha Nakhasai who will be deputy agriculture minister.
The Chart Thai Pattana has been given one cabinet seat for party leader Varawut Silpa-archa who will be social development minister whilst the Prachachart led by House Speaker Wan Muhamad Noor Matha has taken one cabinet seat for Prachachart secretary-general Thavi Sodsong who will be justice minister.
Top: Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin walking through Patong market last night, August 25, 2023. Photo: Sanook.com
Insert: Palang Pracharath boss Prawit Wongsuwan, right, with Patcharawat Wongsuwan at centre and Thammanat Prompao left. Photo: Matichon
Front Page: Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, front, and at rear from left, Bhumjaithai leader Anutin Charnvirakul, Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew and Pheu Thai de facto boss Thaksin Shinawatra’s right-hand man Bhumtham Wechayachai. Photo: Matichon