Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak And Three Other Ministers Have Resigned
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Ministers of Finance, energy, higher education, science, research, and innovation, as well as the Deputy Secretary-General of the administration of the head of the Cabinet of Thailand, submitted their resignations. They made this statement on Thursday at a press conference in the government House.
"Due to the fact that the time has come for a government reshuffle, and based on the desire to relieve the Prime Minister of the burden associated with this, we are announcing our resignation," said Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana. "We have already submitted corresponding petitions to the Prime Minister." "It was our own decision," he added, giving to understand that the state of health of the Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak also played a role in their intention.
In turn, the Minister of energy Contrat Anticipating stated that they did not think about creating a new political party. "We strive to help the Thai society. We would like to take a pause in any public activity," he said.
On July 9, the Ministers of Finance, energy, higher education, science, research and innovation Suwit Masinsi and Deputy Secretary-General of the administration of the head of government of the Kingdom Kobsak Pootrakul announced their withdrawal from the ranks of the ruling people's state power party (Palang Pracharath Party). Before that, some of them were excluded from the party leadership. Officials left the political Association after the party's leadership change in June when Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan became its new leader in place of Sawanayaan, and Anucha Nakasai took over as General Secretary in place of Sontichiravong. All four politicians who left the "people's state force" are part of an economic group created by Chatusipitak, who also submitted his resignation on Thursday.
According to observers, the decision to resign the Thai government's economic bloc comes at a time when The South-East Asian economy, the most severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, is trying to recover from its consequences, which adds uncertainty to the process of policy-making. The Finance Minister left his post after the authorities approved measures to support tourism and business activity in the country. It is assumed that the place Sewanyana can take the President of the Bankers Association of Thailand Predi Daocai. As for Deputy Prime Minister Chatusipitak, his position may go to the Secretary-General of the state planning Agency, Thosaporn Sirisumphand.