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 HM the King endorses new cabinet

BANGKOK, Sept 1 --  His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Saturday endorsed the cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha.
Thailand's new cabinet, announced yesterday, comprises 32 members assuming 34 positions. Nearly a third of the cabinet are senior military officers.
Former defence minister and National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) adviser Gen Prawit Wongsuwan holds two portfolios, one as deputy prime minister and the other as defence minister.
Chief of the Defence Forces and NCPO deputy chief Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn also takes two portfolios, one as deputy prime minister and the other as foreign minister.
Pridiyathorn Devakula, a former deputy prime minister and finance minister, was appointed deputy prime minister while Narongchai Akrasanee is energy minister.
Sommai Pasi, former deputy permanent secretary for finance, is finance minister, and Gen Chatchai Sarikalaya is commerce minister.
Adm Narong Pipathanasai has become education minister, while Pol Gen Adul Sangsingkeo is now social development and human security minister.
Panadda Diskul, permanent secretary for the prime minister's office is now minister to the prime minister's office.
Two women are now in the cabinet: Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn.

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By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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