Thai Prime Minister and Cabinet Officially Assume Office
On September 5, the newly appointed Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and his 33 Cabinet Ministers officially assume their roles following a formal swearing-in ceremony at the Dusit Palace in Bangkok.
Prime Minister Srettha pledged that this government will be “representatives of the people and will work to address people’s needs” in his inaugural address. The new government is expected to formally deliver its policy statement to the Parliament next Monday (September 11).
The Pheu Thai party secured second place in the General Elections held in May and subsequently formed an alliance with 11 other parties. Earlier, the Pheu Thai party mentioned that its coalition counterparts are aligned with their proposed economic revitalization initiatives and constitutional reforms strategies, aimed at enhancing democracy.
The Cabinet is drawn from six parties out of the 11-party coalition and includes several ministers who served in the previous administration but in different portfolios. Details on members of the new government can be found below:
- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance: Srettha Thavisin
- Srettha is a member of Pheu Thai Party and a former of CEP of Sansiri PCL
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce: Phumtham Wechayacha
- Phumtham is Deputy Leader of the Pheu Thai party and was a former Deputy Minister of Transport.
- Deputy Prime Minister: Somsak Thepsuthin
- Somsak is a Pheu Thai Party list-MP and previously served as Minister of Justice
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs: Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukar
- Parnpree was a former Deputy Leader of Pheu Thai Party and previously served as former Trade Representative.
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior: Anutin Charnvirakul
- Anutin is a Bhumjaithai Party leader and previously served as Minister of Public Health
- Deputy Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment: Pol. Gen. Patcharawat Wongsuwan
- Patcharawat is a chief adviser to Palang Pracharat Party and was a former National Police Chief.
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy: Pirapan Salirathavibhaga
- Pirapan is a United Thai Nation’s party leader and previously served as Secretary General to PM Prayut and also a former Minister of Justice.
- Minister of Defense: Sutin Klungsang
- Sutin is deputy leader of Pheu Thai Party and previously served as the opposition chief whip.
- Minister of Tourism and Sports: Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol
- Sudawan is Pheu Thai Party list -MP.
- Minister of Social Development and Human Security: Varawut Silpa-archa
- Varawut is Chart Thai Pattana’s Party leader and previously served as Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.
- Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation: Supamas Isarabhakdi
- Supamas is Bhumjaithai Party party-list MP.
- Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives: Thammanat Prompow
- Thammanat is secretary- general of Palang Pracharath Party and previously served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives
- Minister of Transport: Suriya Juangroongruangkit
- Suriya is Pheu Thai party-list MP and previously served as Minister of Industry
- Minister of Digital Economy and Society: Prasert Chanthararuangthong
- Prasert is Secretary-General of the Pheu Thai party.
- Minister of Justice: Thawee Sodsong
- Thawee is the new leader of the Prachachat party, succeeding Wan Muhamad Noor Matha
- Minister of Labour: Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn
- Phiphat is a deputy leader of Bhumjaithai Party and previously served as Minister of Tourism and Sports
- Minister of Culture: Sermsak Pongpanich
- Sermsak is a member of Pheu Thai Party and previously served as Permanent Secretary of Ministry of interior.
- Minister of Education: Permpoon Chidchob
- Permpoon is a member of Bhumjaithai Party and a former National Police Chief
- Minister of Public Health: Dr. Chonlanan Srikaew
- Dr. Chonlanan was the Opposition Leader in the House of Representatives of Thailand from 2021 -2023. He was the leader of the Pheu Thai Party till 30 August 2023
- Minister of Industry: Pimpatra Wichaikul
- Pimpatra is Ruam Thai Sang Chart MP.
The official announcement of the new Thai cabinet members can be found here through the Royal Gazette (available in Thai language only).