Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has announced he wants a bigger say in the annual reshuffle of ambassadors and other high-ranking posts.
His move has raised concerns over political interference in the ministry.
Speaking at the opening of a meeting of ambassadors and consuls generals based in Asean countries at the Foreign Ministry yesterday, Mr Surapong said he would consider the annual reshuffle for the high-ranking positions himself in the next rotation. Generally, the minister would consider the transfer of C-11 level officers, or those equivalent to permanent secretary, and leave the lower positions to the permanent secretary to look after.
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