Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday praised Yongyuth Wichaidit for his decision to resign as deputy prime minister and interior minister.
Mr Yongyuth made a sacrifice to prevent any possible negative impact from the Alpine land case on the government, Ms Yingluck said at a news conference held at Suvarnabhumi Airport on her return from the United States.
Mr Yongyuth, who went to greet the prime minister at the airport, also attended the news conference.
Ms Yingluck said she was sorry to have lost such a capable minister.
Mr Yongyuth prepares to announce his resignation on Friday after attending a ritual at Wat Sa Ket to ward off bad luck. CHANAT KATANYU
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