August 13, 2015 / 5:23 AM / 3 years ago

Thai PM Prayuth confirms imminent cabinet reshuffle, says will appoint outsiders

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha confirmed an imminent cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, adding that he would change some ministers and appoint outsiders to the posts.

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha listens to a question from a journalist after a ceremony to mark the National Anti Human Trafficking Day at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

“I will change ministers according appropriateness,” Prayuth told reporters. “There will be outsiders and some will have to leave.”

Prayuth, who as army chief led a May 2014 coup after months of street protests, was appointed prime minister in August 2014 by a hand-picked legislature.

Since then he has ruled largely unchallenged despite sporadic protests but has come under increasing pressure over Thailand’s sputtering economy.

Reporting by Pracha Hariraksapitak; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Nick Macfie

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