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Pridiyathorn resigns as deputy prime minister and finance minister

Veera Prateepchaikul for

Pridiyathorn's shocked resignation is likely to trigger a major cabinet reshuffle to clean up the image of the government of being slow, ineffective, overly cautious and lacking in visions.

M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula dropped a bombshell Wednesday morning by announcing his resignation as deputy prime minister and finance minister effective as of tomorrow March 1.

Speaking to the Press, M.R. Pridiyathorn cited three main reasons for his shocked resignation from the government of General Surayud Chulanont. He said the prime minister's recent decision to bring in Somkid Jatusripitak, former finance minister of Thaksin regime, as a special envoy to explain the sufficiency economy to the international community was done in a manner showing lack of transparency in the government's administration.

The second reason was that a certain minister, apparently referring to PM's Office Minister Thirapat Serirangsan, had acted in a way beneficial to a certain media in total disregard of the fact that such an act went against the law, according to Pridiyathorn, adding that the minister in question had acted in a way that gave an impression that the government was under the influence of that particular media.

So far, there are no reactions yet from the prime minister and PM's Office Minister Thirapat about Pridiyathorn's abrupt resignation.

Analysists said that Pridiyathorn's resignation could lead to a major cabinet reshuffle given the poor performance of the government for the past five months since it was installed after the September 19 military coup. Previous opinon polls showed popularity rating of the prime minister and the government sliding downward.

Pridiyathorn's criticism against Thirapat, without naming name, and against the decision to bring in Somkid was also seen as a snub at Prime Minister Surayud

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