Thailand: Samak Govt Weakens Further

Updated On: Aug 01, 2008

Part of the ruling coalition, the Puea Pandin Party, has withdrawn from the government on grounds that it's against the government's insistence to amend the Constitution.

In addition, the party is unhappy about the Preah Vihear controversy case. 

The Puea Pandin announced their decision on 30 July. The withdrawal immediately further increases the crisis of confidence and will leave four Cabinet seats vacant.

Other reports however say that on four of the Puea Pandin MPs, including its current leader, are leaving the coalition.
Meanwhile, a major Cabinet reshuffle is expected to be announced shortly, with 8-9 new Cabinet appointments.

Source said the reshuffle will also likely see replacements for deputy premier and finance minister Surapong Suebwonglee, Deputy Transport Minister Anurak Jureemas, and Labour Minister Uraiwan Thienthong. The legal status of all these three ministers is now uncertain following the Supreme Court's acceptance of the digit lottery case in which all three were alleged to have violated the law while in office during the tenure of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Earlier, the cabinet lost another three ministers including the foreign minister.

Source: The Nation, 30 July, Puea Pandin Party quits coalition government, http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2008/07/30/politics/politics_30079342.php

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