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No room for Red Shirts in new Thai cabinet

BANGKOK, August 10, 2011 (AFP) - Thailand's new Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra finalised her new cabinet on Tuesday, leaving out controversial leaders of the "Red Shirt" protest movement which helped propel her to power.

Yingluck took office on Monday with a vow to reunite the troubled nation after years of turmoil following the ouster of her brother Thaksin, including mass street protests by his Red Shirt supporters last year that turned deadly.

Several Red Shirt leaders were elected as lawmakers with Yingluck's Puea Thai party but missed out on cabinet appointments that could have angered Thaksin's foes in military, government and palace circles.

The finance minister's post went to Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala, a former secretary general of financial watchdog the Securities and Exchange Commission.

General Yuthasak Sasiprapa, a close ally of Thaksin, was tapped as defence minister -- a key role for the new ruling party, which has endured difficult relations with the military following its overthrow of Thaksin in 2006.

Yuthasak was a deputy defence minister under the former billionaire telecoms tycoon-turned-premier Thaksin, who lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a jail sentence imposed in his absence for corruption.

The foreign minister's job went to Surapong Tovichakchaikul, 58, a relatively unknown lawmaker with Yingluck's Puea Thai party. The line-up was announced after receiving approval from Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Yingluck, a 44-year-old political novice, was elected as Thailand's first female premier in a parliamentary vote on Friday.

She swept to an election victory last month with the support of her brother Thaksin, who is hailed by many rural Thais for his populist policies while in power but loathed by the Bangkok-based ruling elite.

Yingluck, a businesswoman described by her brother as his "clone", faces the tough challenge of bringing unity to the politically volatile kingdom.

The situation escalated last year when more than 90 people, mostly civilians, were killed in clashes between the army and Red Shirt protesters.

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-- (c) Copyright AFP 2011-08-10

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The foreign minister's job went to Surapong Tovichakchaikul, 58, a relatively unknown lawmaker with Yingluck's Puea Thai party.

Not completely "unknown" to those who that are fans of large, over-sized, caricatures of the Party Financier.

Can't they even try to be a little more subtle???

Subtlety isn't their strong suit as Chiang Mai's Pheu Thai Party candidate Surapong Towichakchaikul displayed on the campaign trail during the last election:

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http://www.oknation.net/blog/print.php?id=365032

Foreign Minister?

:cheesy:

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Only three cabinet ministers mentioned there (I think). So who are the rest? Who is she kow-towing to now? If not the Reds, then who?

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When will they take to the streets protesting the ruleing elites. heheheheheh love it you fools got jacked after going to the barricades for your daddy

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Hell I feel sorry for all those that express negativity willy nilly without any thoughts or ability to being proactive and creative and see the good actions that are already happening.

It's easier to be critical than be correct.

Give the Lady a chance...... its easy to say "i told you so" later if she does get it wrong......but so far she's doing just fine with her stated aims during the election run-up.

But whatever.....as farangs we are powerless, there is not a damned thing we can do to change anything.

Settle back in ur armchair pick up ur beer and .......Enjoy the ride.

Now watch the Flames arrive.

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Only three cabinet ministers mentioned there (I think). So who are the rest? Who is she kow-towing to now? If not the Reds, then who?

related topics regarding cabinet line-up

Thai Cabinet Members Under Pressure Following Poll Promises

Thumbs Up For New Economic Team; Thai Cabinet

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Hell I feel sorry for all those that express negativity willy nilly without any thoughts or ability to being proactive and creative and see the good actions that are already happening.

It's easier to be critical than be correct.

Give the Lady a chance...... its easy to say "i told you so" later if she does get it wrong......but so far she's doing just fine with her stated aims during the election run-up.

But whatever.....as farangs we are powerless, there is not a damned thing we can do to change anything.

Agree with your sentiments 100%

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Haha the reds will be back a'burning within 6 months :lol:....this time though Thaksin will be on top of the pyre! :lol:

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Haha the reds will be back a'burning within 6 months :lol:....this time though Thaksin will be on top of the pyre! :lol:

We can only hope...

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When will they take to the streets protesting the ruleing elites. heheheheheh love it you fools got jacked after going to the barricades for your daddy

Hey Moe, It was the Russian,s who coined the phrase "useful idiots" to the Communist sympathizer,s in the West , I just wonder if Thaksin thinks the same of the Red Shirts!,BTW "jacked" is not a suitable word ,more like well and truly "shafted" is far more appropriate ,LOL.

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The foreign minister's job went to Surapong Tovichakchaikul, 58, a relatively unknown lawmaker with Yingluck's Puea Thai party.

Not completely "unknown" to those who that are fans of large, over-sized, caricatures of the Party Financier.

Can't they even try to be a little more subtle???

Subtlety isn't their strong suit as Chiang Mai's Pheu Thai Party candidate Surapong Towichakchaikul displayed on the campaign trail during the last election:

pap1.jpg

http://www.oknation....t.php?id=365032

Foreign Minister?

:cheesy:

.

The foreign ministers post goes to a relative unknown. And this is after one of the worst five year periods in the nations history. The nations reputation worldwide is in tatters, and lets appoint an unknown to try to repair that image. Smart move. Either it means there is zero regard for what the world thinks, or the cronyism is so strong they could not appoint someone else. The entire world laughed when Kasit sat down with Hun Sen. Hun Sen ate him for lunch, and then spit out the bones. Now, another potentially incompetent man in that post. I wonder if he speaks good english? Amusing Thailand.

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Hmm,it would appear that the sinking ship is leaving the rats!.

:lol:

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Hell I feel sorry for all those that express negativity willy nilly without any thoughts or ability to being proactive and creative and see the good actions that are already happening.

It's easier to be critical than be correct.

Give the Lady a chance...... its easy to say "i told you so" later if she does get it wrong......but so far she's doing just fine with her stated aims during the election run-up.

But whatever.....as farangs we are powerless, there is not a damned thing we can do to change anything.

Settle back in ur armchair pick up ur beer and .......Enjoy the ride.

Why do you feel sorry for us?? We are not expressing negativity, only expressing our thoughts as to how we see this playing out.

Don't worry!!! I will be saying "I told you so" you can be sure of that, if things go pear shaped as I suspect and predict they will.

What do you mean things are going fine so far!!! - her stated aims (sweeteners/vote garnering) during the election run up will come back to haunt her as she PROMISED ill-advised and unaffordable policies that will impact business and industry negatively (whoops used that word) and for which they were berating as being inadvisable (to the extreme) as it will massively increase their labour costs and decrease competitiveness meaning that they will have to lay off workers - and replace them with machines where they can!! She will stoke inflation, have to raise interests rates on account of this, create mass unemployment and increase peoples (especially the poor's) cost of living - after costing them their job maybe!!! Exporters will struggle (strong Baht) and immigration from Burma primarily will oust Thai's from their jobs.

Doing fine!!! Do me a favour.

What about those tablets - wow!! I bet all the children were saying please vote Pheu Thai as I want my tablet - I see that the new minister responsible for implementing this is already putting a get-out-clause in place by saying he will discuss it with advisors first before deciding how (whether I think he really means) to push it or not. Maybe they will not be getting their early christmas present after all. On this, it is clearly a dumb and stupid idea as countless education academics and guru's have stated that this will not provide any benefits to their education and they will simply play games on them - still it will keep them amused I suppose if it is implemented and get them "out of mum's hair for a while" so will serve some purpose.;).

You are right on one thing and that is that we cannot do a damned thing about it - too true. but why should we worry as we won't be the ones it will affect negatively (sorry, that word again).

I'm going to enjoy the ride alright as I can't wait to bring out my "I told you so" postings in the near future Ha Ha Ha!!! :D and thanks for the invitation to have a drink!!

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Well that piece is from AFP, an international press agency that has no horse in Thailand's race. I don't know who you're going to find that has a better reputation for fair and accurate reporting.

My only complaint, as a journalist, is that lazy trope they pull out yet again here -- 'loathed by the Bangkok-based ruling elite'. True, as far as it goes, but the opposition to him is a lot bigger than that, and includes many millions of ordinary middle-class and even lower-class Thais.

And as for Red Shirters like Apiwan selflessly turning down cabinet posts for the benefit of the nation, well, believe whatever you like. We'll never know for sure, but I think most long-time observers are taking it as pure spin.

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