Armed Forces reshuffle lists delayed as top brass skip breakfast meeting with Prawit 

politics August 04, 2018 15:02

By The Nation

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The commanders-in-chief will submit reshuffle lists of their armed forces staff to Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan next week, Army chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart said on Saturday.

It was initially speculated that the Army chief, Navy chief, Air Force chief, the supreme commander and the permanent secretary for the Defence Ministry would hand over their reshuffle lists to Prawit during a breakfast meeting on Saturday morning.

Prawit had breakfast with some top brass at the Thai Conservation of Forests Foundation, housed in the First Infantry Regiment Royal Guards facilities.

But several military leaders did not turn up for the meeting as they were on foreign trips. Chalermchai was the only commander-in-chief to eat breakfast with the Deputy PM and Defence minister.

Chalermchai said he did not submit his Army reshuffle list to Prawit and the junta number two had given an extension allowing for submission of the lists next week.

Prawit has yet to call a meeting of the Defence Ministry committee in charge of finalising the reshuffling list for all armed forces. The committee needed to consider the transfers among military agencies.

The final list is expected to be completed within this month for Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha to submit for a Royal command.

Sources said this year’s reshuffle is crucial as key commanding posts would be vacant and refilled, including the posts of Army chief, Army chief of staff, Army Area 1 commander and Army Area 3 commander.

It has been speculated that deputy permanent secretary General Nat Intharacharoen is being shifted to the new permanent secretary, while assistant Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong is being touted as the new Army chief.

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