BANGKOK, Thailand � Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has confirmed that his deputy Gen Prawit Wongsuwan and Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paojinda will be retained in the upcoming cabinet reshuffle.
He, however, did not say whether both of them would be holding the same portfolio or assume a new post after the reshuffle.
Both Gen Prawit and Gen Anupong will stay (in the cabinet), he told the media after chairing the Rice Policy and Management Committee meeting at Government House, here, today.
The prime minister was also asked on the fate of Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya, who has been criticised for his ministry’s failure in resolving several agriculture-related problems.
According to Prayut, Chatchai who was his classmate would remain in the cabinet, but did not state his new portfolio.
He also rubbished mounting speculation that he will be taking over the Defence Ministry which is currently held by his deputy, Prawit or appointing national police chief Gen Chakthip Chaijinda as a minister in the new cabinet lineup.
I will not take over the post of Defence Minister, he said, while also dismissing the suggestion of appointing a former politician as minister in the new cabinet.
He also said that he had yet to forward his new cabinet list to King Vajiralongkorn for endorsement.
He asked for patience as the announcement will be made in December.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK