Thailand’s King Welcomes New Cabinet

February 6, 2008

Thailand’s king has sworn in a new cabinet packed with allies of Thaksin Shinawatra, the man the military ousted 16 months ago in a bloodless coup.

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra speaking to reporters in Hong Kong (25/12/07)
Mr Thaksin has lived in exile since the September 2006 coup
Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej speaks during a news conference at the Government House in Bangkok February 6, 2008. Thailand’s new cabinet, packed with supporters of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was sworn in by King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Wednesday, marking the return of elected government after a 2006 coup.
REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND)

The powerful defence, interior, foreign affairs and finance portfolios were all given to lawmakers loyal to the former prime minister.
New PM Samak Sundaravej took on defence while Noppadon Pattama, Mr Thaksin’s legal adviser, became foreign minister.

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