Kittiratt will continue as finance minister: PM
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday denied that she plans to replace Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong, saying she would not change the line-up of ministers from Pheu Thai Party for now.
Asked whether Kittiratt would remain in the Cabinet, she turned to look at the finance minister, who was standing behind her, and said: "Kittirat will stay. He is here and nothing changes. He has played a key role in tackling the economic problems during the past year."
Government and Pheu Thai sources, who asked not be named, said earlier that former premier Thaksin Shinawatra had been very dissatisfied with the government's management of the economy.
Nevertheless, Yingluck insisted she wanted to keep Kittiratt in charge of economic affairs.
Some signs of interference were seen when Bank of Thailand chairman Virabongsa Ramangkura and the prime minister's chief adviser on the economy, Pansak Vinyaratn, both of who are trusted by Thaksin, joined a meeting of Yingluck and her economic team last week, the sources said.
Yingluck told reporters yesterday that Chart Thai Pattana Party had submitted the name of its choice for the next tourism and sports minister to her.
She said Banharn Silapa-archa, chief adviser to the Chart Thai Pattana leader, had sent the name of the person who would replace the late Chumpol Silapa-archa as a deputy prime minister and as sports minister.
Yingluck said she would inform the media once it was certain when the reshuffle would be made.
Asked whether the reshuffle would be made after the Bangkok governor election on March 3, she said: "Please don't speculate on it. I'll inform the media immediately when I have details."
When reporters asked her to affirm that she would not change the Pheu Thai Party line-up when Chumpol's seat is filled, she declined to do so.