Defence: Thaksin not meddling
- Published: 1 Sep 2012 at 13.50
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Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat has denied reports that fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was behind the transfer of the ministry's permanent secretary to an inactive post.
ACM Sukumpol insisted that Thaksin had nothing to do with the appointment of the new permanent secretary for defence to replace Gen Sathian Phoemthongin.He said work at the ministry had not been disrupted as the acting permanent secretary, Gen Witthawas Rachatanant, had full decision-making authority, the same as a full-time permanent secretary.ACM Sukumpol also brushed aside questions about whethert the transfer orders he had issued had created a rift in the armed forces.He insisted that the annual military reshuffle list had been made in line with the regulations of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.Speculation over who is calling the shots at the Defence Ministry has been growing since last Monday, when ACM Sukumpol issued an order transferring Gen Sathian, deputy permanent secretary Gen Chatree Thatti, and Secretariat Department director-general Gen Pinpas Sariwat to work at his office. The three positions are considered inactive posts.It was reported that the transfers stemmed from a conflict between the minister and Gen Sathian over the nomination of the next permanent secretary.ACM Sukumpol supports assistant army chief Gen Thanongsak Apirakyothin while Gen Sathian, who is retiring, backed his deputy, Gen Chatree. Gen...
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