Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday that readiness and appropriateness were key factors in determining when a Cabinet reshuffle should be carried out.
“Basically, the government should have ministers in the Cabinet from whom continuity in performance can be assured,” she told reporters when asked if she was planning a reshuffle.
“Let’s see what the future holds,” she said, noting that too many reshuffles could lead to people becoming dissatisfied and disappointed. Some people might also have high expectations of ministers with certain portfolios, so it was important that these ministers were allowed to carry out their duties to the full, she said.
Asked whether the health of Labour Minister Chalerm Ubumrung was a possible reason for a reshuffle, Yingluck said she believed Chalerm, who is currently in hospital recovering from surgery to remove excess fluid from his brain, was expected to make a full recovery.
Ruling Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit reiterated that a Cabinet reshuffle was not likely to happen soon. He added that certain people with a “political agenda” might have spread rumours about a reshuffle.
“For now, the party wants all Cabinet members on hand to assist those people in difficulty during this monsoon season,” he said.
Asked if former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra might order a reshuffle, Prompong said that as prime minister of the country, only Yingluck had full authority to decide when a reshuffle would take place. Rumours that Thaksin had a hand in the Cabinet line up were not true, he added.
Meanwhile, a party source has revealed that Thaksin ordered Pheu Thai MPs to work closely with people in their constituencies, as he was unsure whether the Yingluck government would be able to survive the current barrage of political attacks.