Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has confirmed that the cabinet lineup will be urgently submitted to His Majesty the King. The premier admitted that the setting up of the new government has been a time-consuming process and thanked all government agencies for their cooperation during the last five years.
The premier, who chaired a meeting of senior government officials at Government House, said all government agencies have contributed to the steering of the country in accordance with government policy. As head of the new government, he said he expected continued cooperation from the public sector.
The premier said his new government will continue the current missions and expects all government officials to keep the country going without obstacles at work.
Deputy Prime Minister/Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwann said he would not mind only assuming the post of deputy prime minister in charge of national security affairs in the new government. He admitted he has had health problems and said he has held the post of defense minister for eight years, which should be enough for him.
Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul said he was glad with the quota for his party and no designated ministerial candidates have been rejected. He said he was not worried about the government’s small majority if it could perform well for the people.
He said he will continue to push for his party’s major policies concerning marijuana and Grab cars. He said they will be put to work immediately after he has taken office and expected all government MPs to support related legislation.
Action Coalition for Thailand Party leader M.R. Jatumongkol Sonakul said he did not mind being moved from the post of foreign affairs minister to the post of minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office.