Pheu Thai: No reshuffle
Reports of a major cabinet reshuffle by mid-June are baseless, Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said on Saturday.
- Published: 9/06/2012 at 01:57 PM
- Newspaper section: news
Whether or not any ministers would be changed would be decided by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, said Mr Prompong.
So far, he said, the prime minister had not sent any such signals to executive members of Pheu Thai or other coalition parties.
The small Palang Chon Party has indicated it might want to change a minister under its quota. Mr Prompong said a party had the right to make a proposal to Pheu Thai, but the final decision would be made by the prime minister.
Culture Minister Sukumol Khunpluem of Palang Chon has said she was ready to step down so that her husband, Sonthaya, could enter the cabinet.
Mr Sonthaya is one of the 111 politicians whose five-year ban from political activity ended on May 30.
It has been reported that Mr Sonthaya, whose family has extensive business interests in Chon Buri, would prefer the larger Tourism and Sports Ministry to the Culture Ministry if he returns.
Mr Sonthaya recently travelled to Hong Kong to meet with ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Ms Yingluck's brother.
However, the tourism ministry is under the quota of the Chartthaipattana Party, run by former premier Banharn Silpa-archa. The post is currently held by Mr Banharn's brother, and the family is seen as unlikely to surrender it.
Also among the so-called House No. 111 group are many other veteran politicians who had served in senior cabinet posts under Thaksin.
Some of the newly active politicians have applied for Pheu Thai membership, and there has been speculation that some cabinet posts will be changed, possibly at Thaksin's request, to accommodate them.
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