Now that the military reshuffle crisis is over, with Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat having triumphed over his rivals, the "winner" appears to have consolidated absolute power in the ministry.
Defence Minister SukumpolSuwanatat unhesitatingly demonstrated his decisiveness by transferring opponents of his reshuffle plans to inactive posts.
ACM Sukumpol is back to his old self. There are no signs of the stress that gripped him from late August, when he issued the order that reverberated like a thunderbolt _ the removals of defence permanent secretary Sathian Phoemthongin, deputy permanent secretary for defence Chatree Thatti and director-general of the Secretariat Department Pinpas Sariwat to inactive posts.
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