Thailand’s deputy finance minister resigns

Photo courtesy of The Nation

Kritsada Jinavijarana, former deputy finance minister, officially stepped down from his position, as confirmed by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin in an exclusive revelation to reporters.

PM Srettha made the declaration moments before embarking on an official trip upcountry, slated to span multiple provinces.

Kritsada’s abrupt resignation came hot on the heels of a reported dissatisfaction stemming from a perceived reduction in his responsibilities following a recent Cabinet reshuffle on April 28.

However, the 62 year old Thai PM divulged that he intervened upon learning of Kritsada’s decision, urging him to sleep on it before making any final moves, reported The Nation.

The PM revealed that, as per party quotas, Kritsada’s vacant seat belongs to the United Thai Nation Party, sparking speculation about his successor.

ORIGINAL STORY: Thai deputy finance minister’s shock resignation

Thailand Deputy Minister of Finance Kritsada Jinavijarana sent shockwaves through the political corridors with his offer of resignation. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin intervened, urging Kritsada to reconsider his decision.

Expressing discontent with task allocation, Kritsada tendered his resignation from the Cabinet. But the 62 year old Thai prime minister, not ready to lose a key figure, stepped in swiftly to persuade his colleague to stay put.

In a candid revelation, PM Srettha disclosed that the resignation is probably about task division, hinting at the underlying cause of Kritsada’s dissatisfaction. Yet, the prime minister assured ample opportunities for collaboration within the Ministry of Finance and his office.

Describing Kritsada as a close ally, the Bangkok-born Srettha emphasised the significance of dialogue and understanding in resolving the issue. He cited Kritsada’s past contributions and potential for future endeavours.

Amidst the political turmoil, speculation looms over potential successors, with Deputy Prime Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga hinting at the need for swift party action if Kritsada proceeds with his resignation.

The resignation saga adds to recent Cabinet reshuffles, with Kritsada poised to be the second minister to depart in less than a week, reported The Nation.

As the deadline for reconsideration looms, all eyes are on Kritsada, waiting to see if he will heed the prime minister’s plea to stay.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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