Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kittirat: A foreign affairs portfolio surprise?

Nobody has contacted Kittirat na Ranong to offer him the foreign affairs portfolio in the Yingluck government just yet. At least, that's what he told reporters yesterday.

"I was quite surprised to read about it," he said, referring to a newspaper report earlier yesterday that he was to be the "dark horse" to become the new foreign minister.

Kittirat, former president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and currently president of Shinawatra University, is no doubt close to Thaksin Shinawatra. He is also known to be associated with the group led by Sudarat Kaeyurapan within the Pheu Thai Party.He had been tipped to take up one of the Cabinet posts in the new government but the foreign affairs post wasn't one of them.

Read his lips. He didn't really deny the story. He was simply saying that there had been no official approach to him so far.

What if an offer was made? Would be accept it? Kittirat, in his typical diplomatic style, responded:

"I will think about it when I have been approached," he said.

In other words, he hasn't turned it down just yet.

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