Government spokesperson denies cabinet reshuffle

Government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat denied rumours that the Prime Minister said there would be a cabinet reshuffle.

The Palang Pacharat Party made headlines over rumours of internal strife – from a change in party leadership to a cabinet reshuffle.

Recently, Sontirat Soonthijirawong, party secretary-general and energy minister was accused of using ministry funds of up to 10 million Baht to maintain his post.

Palang Pacharat party MPs said they have a voice recording of Sontirat making such claims.

“Everything that I do is transparent, so I am not concerned about my post as party secretary-general and energy minister,” he said.

There are procedures in place for ministry funds and follow-up protocols to determine the appropriateness of its use, according to Sontirat.

The funds in question are a part of a budget of 5.6 billion Baht for the 2020 fiscal year to promote energy conservation.

Prior to Sontirat’s accusation, Palang Paracharat party leader, Utama Saowanayon was replaced by Prawit Wongsuwan, the deputy prime minister. Local media reported that the executive party member was threatening to leave if Utama did not resign from his post. Utama later quelled the rumours that they were untrue. 

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