23 May 2024

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will hold talks with leaders of coalition parties to discuss a cabinet reshuffle, noting that it is necessary to make adjustments in line with the changing situation after about seven months in office and to make sure that the right people are in the right jobs.

The prime minister said that there is no fixed timeframe as towhen the cabinet reshuffle will take place, adding that all coalition parties will be consulted and treated with respect.

He also said that, at this stage, it remains unknown whether the shakeup will be limited or extensive, which depends on several factors, such as the performance of each minister overthe past 7-8 months and the opinions of the public.

The prime minister admitted that he was not sure whether a cabinet reshuffle involving the ministers of Pheu Thai will cause an uproar in the party, especially those who would be affected, adding that he hopes they will understand the need for adjustments.

Periodic cabinet reshuffles are normal, he said, adding that ministers who are replaced can be re-appointed in the future.

He dismissed speculation that the opposition Democrat party may be invited to join the government, saying that he has never spoken with any Democrats about the matter.