New Thai cabinet ministers sworn in before King

Updated On: Jun 08, 2010

On June 7 at Siriraj hospital, the Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva led his new cabinet ministers to take oath of office in front of His Majesty the King. The eight newly-appointed ministers and deputy ministers include Chaiwuti Bannawat, the Industry Minister; Chaiyos Jiramethakorn, the Deputy Education Minister; Chalerm Sri-on, the Labour Minister; Juti Krairiksh, the Information and Communication Technology Minister; Mun Patanotai, the Deputy Finance Minister; Niphit Intharasombat, the Culture Minister; and Virachai Virameteekul, the Science and Technology Minister.

In a brief speech to the new ministers, His Majesty the King asked them to “make great effort to work for the country…work with good intentions, honesty, and sacrifice.” He also advised, “working for the benefit of the entire country will be a bit difficult, but you must achieve this, because if you do, our country will advance."

Following the announcement of the new line-up, academics began to doubt if the cabinet reshuffle alone would solve the country’s problems, such as the alleged corruption or the violation of press freedom raised by the opposition party during recent parliament debate. Komsan Pothikong, a lecturer in law at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University said, “The reshuffle apparently solves internal conflicts in the coalition government, but it has nothing to do with people's problems.”

Don't be rivals, work for the country, HM tells new ministers [The Nation, 8 June 2010]
King swears in new members of cabinet [Bangkok Post, 8 June 2010]

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