A major cabinet shake-up could come within days as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra seems likely to follow her older brother's advice to bring in fresh faces to restore the government's popularity.
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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra walks down the steps of Government House yesterday before presiding over an event to honour those who have made outstanding contributions to drug suppression. CHANAT KATANYU
Afternoon update: Apparently the decisions have been made. Here's the latest:
Yingluck, Thaksin plan broad cabinet reshuffle
Boonsong tipped to get the boot
A major cabinet shake-up is on the horizon with the controversial rice-pledging scheme expected to cost Boonsong Teriyapirom his job as commerce minister, Pheu Thai sources say.
The potential reshuffle will likely involve more than 10 people and almost 20 cabinet posts.
Candidates for the new cabinet were invited to submit their qualifications at Government House and the SC Park Hotel over the past few days.
Mr Boonsong, who is under fire over the pledging scheme, is set to be axed from the cabinet, the sources said.
PM's Office Minister Varathep Rattanakorn, PM's Office Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan, and even Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong were the subject of wide speculation yesterday as potential candidates to head the Commerce Ministry.
But the sources said Mr Kittiratt is unlikely to be removed. He will have to lead the government's economic team in the debate over the government's 2-trillion-baht borrowing bill for the second and third readings when the next parliamentary session begins in August.
Throughout yesterday, the prime minister's team was reportedly rushing with the paperwork so that the final reshuffle list could be submitted for royal endorsement within two days.
A source said Ms Yingluck was earlier reluctant to introduce changes to the cabinet line-up before the House of Representatives reconvenes in August.
However, deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has recommended a shake-up to get the government back on the right foot, the source said.
Some of the speculation/rumours currently being circulated
Chalerm Yubamrung, now a deputy prime minister will likely be made labour minister, replacing Padermchai Sasomsap.
Plodprasop Suraswadi may be removed as a deputy prime minister.
Chaturon Chaisaeng, the former acting leader of the defunct Thai Rak Thai Party, is likely to be appointed interior minister, replacing Charupong Ruangsuwan.
Benja Louischaroen, Customs Department director-general is expected to serve as deputy finance minister.
Weerawat Osathanukroh, a Pheu Thai MP for Kalasin, is tipped to be another deputy finance minister.
Deputy Education Minister Sermsak Pongpanit is also likely to be appointed deputy interior minister.
Vichet Kasemthongsri, chairman of the board of PTT Plc, could also be made deputy transport minister.
Peerapan Palusuk, a Pheu Thai MP for Yasothon, is also expected to be made a PM's office minister.
Sirikorn Maneerin, former deputy education minister, is tipped to be another PM's office minister, replacing Sansanee Nakpongor, or a deputy education minister.
Chaikasem Nitisiri, the former attorney-general, is likely to be appointed justice minister, replacing Pol Gen Pracha Promnok who is expected to become a deputy prime minister.
Sorawong Thienthong, the Pheu Thai MP for Sa Kaeo, is expected to serve as deputy industry minister.
Wisarn Techatheerawat, who was among the 111 banned Thai Rak Thai politicians, is likely to become deputy interior minister.
Pichit Chuenban, a list-MP and Pheu Thai lawyer, may serve as a PM's office minister.
preside – to be in charge of an official meeting, ceremony or other event เป็นประธาน ในพิธี ในที่ประชุม
contribution – something that you do that helps to achieve something or to make it successful ผลงาน,การช่วยเหลือ
suppression – stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity การปราบปราม
broad – including a great variety of people or things กว้างขวาง
cabinet – the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy คณะรัฐมนตรี
cabinet reshuffle – changing one or more members of the cabinet การปรับคณะรัฐมนตรี
tip – to say that something is likely to happen คาดการณ์
get the boot – sacked; axed; to be removed from a job ถูกปลดออกจากตำแหน่ง
(cabinet) shakeup – changing one or more members of the cabinet การปรับคณะรัฐมนตรี
on the horizon – imminent; expected to happen soon ในไม่ช้า
controversial – causing disagreement or disapproval ความไม่ลงรอยกัน
rice-pledging scheme – a government programme in which farmers sell rice to the government at a particular price, with the right to reclaim the rice if the market price goes higher โครงการจำนำข้าว
commerce minister – the minister in charge of the Commerce Ministry รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงพาณิชย์
source – a place where information comes from; someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
potential – possible in the future ที่อาจเป็นไปได้
involve – to be an important or necessary part or result of something เกี่ยวพัน, พัวพัน
post – a job/position in a company or organisation ตำแหน่งการงาน
candidate – one of the people being considered for a job ตัวแทนที่ส่งเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
submit – to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
qualifications – the abilities, qualities, degrees, etc. that you need for a particular job or activity คุณสมบัติ, คุณวุฒิ
under fire – being criticised strongly ถูกวิจารณ์, โดนว่า
axed – sacked; to be removed from a job ถูกปลดออกจากตำแหน่ง
deputy minister – a minister who assists the main minister in overseeing the work of the ministry รัฐมนตรีช่วยว่าการกระทรวง
speculation – ideas or discussion about what might happen or has happened or why something has happened without having complete information การคาดการณ์
debate – a discussion in which people or groups state different opinions about a subject การอภิปราย, การโต้วาที
bill – a proposal for a law ร่างกฎหมาย
session – a formal meeting of an institution such as a parliament or a court การประชุม
rush – to move or do something very quickly รีบเร่ง, วิ่ง
endorsement – official approval การรับรอง การลงนามในเอกสาร
reluctant – not willing to do something อย่างไม่เต็มใจ อย่างลังเลใจ
House of Representatives – the main lawmaking body in Thailand, consisting of 500 members สภาผู้แทนราษฎร
reconvene – to start meeting again เปิดประชุมใหม่
deposed – forced from a position of power ที่ถูกปลด ไล่ออกจากตำแหน่ง
recommend – to advise someone that they should do something แนะนำ
get back on the right foot – to return to a stable, normal or healthy condition เข้าสู่ภาวะปกติ
rumour – a piece of information, or a story, that people talk about, but that may not be true ข่าวลือ
currently – at this time; now ในปัจจุบัน
circulate – to pass from one person to another ยังคงมีการแพร่ระบาดอยู่
acting – doing the work of the usual person in a particular job while they are not there, or until a new person starts ที่รักษาการแทน
defunct – no longer existing, operating or being used ถูกยุบ, หยุดทำงาน
Customs Department – a government department which checks and collects taxes on goods leaving or entering the country กรมศุลกากร
Attorney-General – the top legal officer in some countries, who advises the leader of the government อัยการสูงสุด
banned – officially not allowed to do something ถูกห้าม
(party-)list – a system that gives each party in an election a number of seats in relation to the number of votes its candidates receive ระบบสัดส่วน, ระบบปาร์ตี้ลิสต์
lawyer – an attorney ทนาย