PM Srettha Announces Finalized Cabinet Line-up

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Pheu Thai Party Leader Reveals Cabinet Plans

Newly appointed Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced on Monday that his cabinet line-up has been finalized. This comes amid speculation that the new defense minister could be a civilian member of the prime minister’s Pheu Thai Party.

During a speech at the party headquarters, PM Srettha stated that the finalized cabinet would be sent to the cabinet secretary-general for a review of the new ministers’ qualifications. Following this process, it would be proposed for royal approval.

Speculations Surrounding New Defense Minister

The Prime Minister did not comment on reports suggesting that some Pheu Thai members and red-shirt supporters did not want Gen Natthapol Nakpanich to become the defense minister. Instead, Mr. Srettha emphasized that the appointed defense minister should be able to discuss and coordinate security issues and show strong leadership.

While he did not confirm if the new defense minister would be a civilian, Mr. Srettha assured that people would not be disappointed when the line-up is revealed.

Potential New Defense Minister and Other Cabinet Roles

Sources suggest that Pheu Thai deputy leader Sutin Klungsang could be the new defense minister, succeeding outgoing Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Mr. Sutin was allegedly chosen last minute over Gen Natthapol, who previously served as the secretary-general of the National Security Council and the operations director of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration in the Prayut administration.

Expected Portfolios Distribution

Various portfolios are anticipated to be distributed among parties, as detailed below:

Pheu Thai:

  • Prime Minister Srettha will serve concurrently as finance minister.
  • Other key roles include deputy prime ministers, transport, public health, digital economy and society, culture, tourism and sports, and interior ministries.

Bhumjaithai Party, second largest in the coalition:

  • Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul will be a deputy prime minister and interior minister.
  • Other positions include education, labor, higher education, and interior ministries.

Palang Pracharath Party, which led the outgoing government:

  • Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwon will be a deputy prime minister and natural resources and environment minister.
  • Other roles include agriculture and cooperatives, public health, and commerce ministries.

United Thai Nation, which backed former PM Prayut Chan-o-cha:

  • Party leader Pirapan Salirathavibhaga will be a deputy prime minister and energy minister.
  • Other positions include industry, interior, and agriculture and cooperatives ministries.


  • Party leader Varawut Silpa-archa will be social development and human security minister.


  • Party leader Thawee Sodsong will serve as justice minister.