Asia briefs :Thai PM confirms plans to reshuffle Cabinet

Thai PM confirms plans to reshuffle Cabinet

BANGKOK • Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed an imminent Cabinet reshuffle yesterday, adding that he would replace some ministers and appoint outsiders to the posts.

"I will change ministers as appropriate, and every change will definitely affect other posts. Some outsiders will be coming in, some will have to leave and some will be swopped," Gen Prayut said.

The general, who led a May 2014 coup, was appointed prime minister last August by a hand-picked legislature. He has come under increasing pressure over the economy.


11-year-old schoolgirl's newborn baby dies

SEREMBAN • The baby boy delivered by an 11-year-old schoolgirl in Bahau last Wednesday has died.

The baby, who weighed less than 1kg at birth, died at about 3am yesterday at a hospital in Kuala Pilah due to stomach complications. The girl was allegedly raped by a 31-year-old neighbour, who has since gone into hiding.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe