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Aree Quits, Sonthi May Be In?

A retried is not a retired at all as Sonthi may smoothly step in in place of Aree Wonggaraya, according to The Nation

Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said in New York yesterday he would offer a Cabinet post to utilise Sonthi, who is due to retire on Sunday.
“The chairman of the Council for National Security will have nothing to do when he retires from the Army’s top job [at the end of this month]. I will ask him if he’s interested in the portfolio for security affairs,” he told reporters.
The premier said he did not think a move to bring Sonthi into the government would create a perception his administration was under the influence of the Council for National Security (CNS).

Quoting Sulayud Chulanont as saying from New York, he did not want to “create a perception that his administration was under the influence of the CNS.” I say it would be difficult to him to create that perception, because of the shadowy figure remained interviewed and asked for political opinion despite not being the Premier or one in the actual cabinet (but he was featured in the cabinet meeting).

Probabbly by setting Sonthi in the cabinet, the Premier would be able to exert his authority over what the CNS chief would say to the press as a member of the cabinet.

Well, is Surayud joking? I hope so.

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