Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is about to lead her fourth cabinet to be sworn in. The latest reshuffle brings 12 new faces into the cabinet, while several ministers get new positions and 13 head out the door. This new attempt to match capable people to important posts comes as polls show a drop in the popularity of both Ms Yingluck and the performance of her government.
The new cabinet and its new ministers have several priorities. The government clearly faces public scepticism over several high-profile issues. One of the most vital is at the Commerce Ministry, where the inept Boonsong Teriyapirom has been replaced by Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan.
There are numerous issues that were bungled by Mr Boonsong. Mr Niwatthamrong must clear up political relations with farmers and financial affairs with the budget office, as well as restore Thailand's position as the world's top rice exporter. He must also assure the public, preferably with action, that he intends to clean up the massive corruption in the rice-purchase scheme.
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