Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she took on the additional role as defence minister to foster closer cooperation between the government and the armed forces.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has taken an interest in military affairs since she took office,and has won supportive words and apparent backing from army commander Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha (right) in the process. (File photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)
Ms Yingluck said Monday she decided to take on the defence portfolio because she wanted to expedite decisions relating to the military.
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