Thursday, July 7, 2011

Yingluck 's balancing act on red shirts in her Cabinet

Premier-elect Yingluck Shinawatr knows she has to tread very carefully. Would she include red-shirt leaders in her new Cabinet?

Earlier this week, she was emphatic that there won't be red-shirt members in her Council of Ministers.

Sanoh Tienthong, a senior member of Pheu Thai Party, came out strongly to insist that red-shirt leaders shouldn't be in the new Cabinet because that would send a wrong message to the public.

But a member of red-shirts, Kohkaew Pikulthong, immediately retorted that Jatuporn Prompan should be made interior minister and Nattawut Saikeau must be named minister in charge of media. That's because Pheu Thai Party owes its electoral success to the red shirts.

Today, Yingluck changed tack. She said red-shirt leaders won't be automatically barred from her new Cabinet. "We will decide on Cabinet members based on their merits," she said.

Obviously, the phone lines between Bangkok and Dubai must have been buzzing non-stop these days. And don't be surprised if the Bangkok-Dubai air traffic is highly congested too.

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