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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

Thailand’s New Cabinet Sworn In

Bangkok, 07 February, (Asiantribune.com): King of Thailand endorsed the new cabinet led by Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on Wednesday afternoon. Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej speaks during a news conference at the Government House in Bangkok February 6, 2008.Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej speaks during a news conference at the Government House in Bangkok February 6, 2008.

Mr Samak then led the 35 new ministers for the sworn-in ceremony held at the Chitralada Palace.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Wednesday urged Thailand’s 36-member Cabinet, under the leadership of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, to follow its promise to work honestly for the nation.

Indicating that honesty is a sacred word, King told the assembled Cabinet members during a swearing-in ceremony at Chitrlada Palace that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet did not have to make such a promise but “now that you have shown your intention to work with honesty, you will have to follow it, otherwise it is not sacred.”

“We need adults to run the country. If you act like adults, the people will have someone to hold on to. Many countries in the world are in trouble because their peoples have no one to hold on to,” said the King.Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej leads his 36 cabinet members in a swearing in ceremony in front of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (L) at Chitrlada Palace in Bangkok February 6,2008.Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej leads his 36 cabinet members in a swearing in ceremony in front of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (L) at Chitrlada Palace in Bangkok February 6,2008.

“Your principle must be to work for the public interest. You may think it’s strange that 36 people will have to sacrifice for 63 million people. But 63 million people are hoping that their ministers will work for them. It’s an uphill mission but I believe you can do it for the people and they won’t be disappointed.”

“In other countries, we hardly see people who work for public interest but you have to do it. If you are successful in doing that, you will be very elegant and full of dignity. May you follow your oath and be honest for the sake of the country’s happiness,” His Majesty told the country's 57th Cabinet.

In a press conference at Government House after the ceremony, Mr. Samak said he would from now on be friendly and "talk sweetly" to the media.

Oxford-educated Noppadol Pattama, who is the top leagal advisor to the deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatara is the foreign minister which is considered a reward for his trustworthiness and loyalty to him.

Sharp-tongued Chalerm Yoobamrung, another close ally of Thaksin who announced before the December 23 general election that he flew to London to discuss his political future with the ex-premier, becomes interior minister while the justice post went to Sompong Amornwiwat, Thaksin’s boyhood classmate.

Thaksin’s brother-in-law, Somchai Wongsawat, was appointed education minister in addition to another post as deputy prime minister.Members of Thailand's new cabinet take a group photo after being sworn in at the Government House in Bangkok February 6, 2008.Members of Thailand's new cabinet take a group photo after being sworn in at the Government House in Bangkok February 6, 2008.

Thailand’s 57th Cabinet members are as followed:

Prime Minister: Samak Sundaravej, also Defence Minister

Deputy Prime Minister: Somchai Wongsawat, also Education Minister

Deputy Prime Minister: Surapong Suebwonglee, also Finance Minister

Deputy Prime Minister: Mingkwan Saengsuwan, also Commerce Minister

Deputy Prime Minister: Suvit Khunkitti, also Industry Minister

Deputy Prime Minister: Sanan Kachornprasart

Deputy Prime Minister: Sahas Banditkul

Prime Minister's Office Minister: Jakrapob Penkair

Prime Minister's Office Minister: Chusak Sirinil

Interior Minister: Chalerm Yubumroong

Deputy Interior Minister: Supol Fong-ngarm

Deputy Interior Minister: Sitthichai Kowasurat

Deputy Finance Minister: Pradit Pattaraprasit

Deputy Finance Minister: Ranongrak Suwanchawee

Deputy Commerce Minister: Wirun Techapaiboon

Deputy Commerce Minister: Banyin Tungpakorn

Transport Minister: Santi Promphan

Deputy Transport Minister: Songsak Thongsri

Deputy Transport Minister: Anurak Jureemart

Agriculture and Cooperative Minister: Somsak Prisnananthakul

Deputy Agriculture and Cooperative Minister: Sompat Kaewpichit

Deputy Agriculture and Cooperative Minister: Thirachai Sankaew

Energy Minister: Poonpirom Liptapanlop

- Asian Tribune -

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