His Majesty the King yesterday granted an audience to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and new Cabinet members for a swearing-in ceremony.
The ceremony took place at Siriraj Hospital, where the much-revered monarch has been undergoing treatment for years.
Yingluck and most of the new Cabinet members met at Government House yesterday afternoon for a group photo before heading to Siriraj Hospital.
Former deputy prime minister Chalerm Yoobamrung was not present for the group photo. He, however, joined Yingluck and other Cabinet members at the hospital for the swearing-in ceremony, which is compulsory for the prime minister and her Cabinet.
Yingluck, earlier yesterday, cut short her official visit to an immigration checkpoint and a temple in Mukdahan and flew back to Bangkok for the ceremony.
Before leaving for Bangkok, the PM visited the Phu Thai community and home-stay tourism in Mukdahan’s Nongsung district. The villagers there carried out the traditional welcoming ceremony of the Bai Sri Su Kwan for Yingluck to ward off bad luck and bring prosperity.
Government Spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi said Yingluck would today fly back to Mukdahan to carry out the remaining part of her engagements.
There are 11 newcomers in Yingluck’s Cabinet, including veteran politician and women’s rights activist Pavena Hongsakul.
As widely expected, Pavena got the post of social development and human security minister.
An Abac Poll of 467 respondents from Thursday to Saturday showed Pavena receiving overwhelming public support to head the Social Development and Human Security Ministry with 88 per cent backing her; 71 per cent approved PM Yingluck’s move to double up as defence minister; 70 per cent backed Chaturon Chaisang as the new education minister; 66 per cent agreed with the appointment of General Yuthasak Sasiprapha as deputy defence minister, but only 41 per cent backed Chalerm Yoobamroong to helm the Labour Ministry.