Thai PM Prayut's dismissal of influential deputy minister could prove costly

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha sacked Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Thamanat Prompow on Sept 9, 2021.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE

BANGKOK - Less than a week after surviving a no-confidence vote that stirred rumours of in-fighting within the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has sacked two deputy ministers, one of whom was suspected of organising a plot against him.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Thamanat Prompow, who is PPRP secretary-general, and fellow party colleague, Deputy Minister of Labour Narumon Pinyosinwat, will be removed from their Cabinet roles "for the good of the administration", said an order in the Royal Gazette on Thursday (Sept 9).

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