Poll: Somkid tops list of 10 would-be ministers

Poll: Somkid tops list of 10 would-be ministers

Respondents complain that cabinet selection process plagued with infighting and cronyism

Somkid Jatusripitak (Bangkok Post file photo)
Somkid Jatusripitak (Bangkok Post file photo)

Somkid Jatusripitak, who is tipped to be deputy prime minister in charge of economic affairs, comes first in terms of satisfaction among the top 10 people expected to be included in a new cabinet yet to be officially announced, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The pollsters interviewed 1,254 people between June 19 and 22 to compile opinions on people expected to be included in the new cabinet. Their qualifications are being checked prior to the names being forwarded to His Majesty the King for approval.

The top 10 people named by the respondents in terms of satisfaction are as follows:

1. Somkid Jatisripitak, who is expected to be deputy prime minister in charge of economic affairs, 42.1%;

2. Wissanu Kreangam, deputy deputy prime minister in charge of legal affairs, 37.6%;

3. Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, prime minister and defence minister, 30.6%;

4. Bhuddhipongse Punnakanta, Prime Minister's Office minister, 26.8%;

5. Gen Anupong Paojinda, interior minister, 24.5%;

6. Jurin Laksanavisit, deputy prime minister and commerce minister, 20%:

7. M.R. Chatumongkol Sonakul, foreign affairs minister, 19.1%;

8. Khunying Kalaya Sophonphanich, deputy education minister, 15.3%;

9. Somsak Thepsuthin, justice minister, 12.1%; and

10. Suriya Jungroongruangkij, energy minister, 11.2%.

Asked to comment on the new cabinet line-up, 32.8% of the respondents said the process has been plagued with bargaining and fighting for interests and cabinet seats; 28.1% said some people reported to be in the line-up are not qualified and should undergo strict qualification checks; 24.2% viewed the line-up as an allocation of seats by quota and cronyism; 15.6% said the formation of the new cabinet is too slow; and 13.7% said good and capable people should be given a chance to work.

Asked to point out strengths in the expected new line-up, 44.7% mentioned the strong leadership of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha with support from old power cliques; 29.8% said the new cabinet comes from elections with support from many parties; and 27.6% said most of those in the new line-up are veteran and experienced politicians.

Asked about weaknesses, 51.4% said those reported to be in the cabinet line-up are mostly unacceptable and should be replaced by truly capable people; 39.8% said the line-up involves too many special interests, thus having a poor image; and 21.1% said the new cabinet is likely to lack stability, with too many parties included in it.

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