Cabinet meeting in Thaksin heartland doesn't faze Thai PM Prayut

Cabinet meeting in Thaksin heartland doesn't faze Thai PM Prayut
Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha

The government is considering the option of holding a mobile Cabinet meeting in Chiang Mai late this month, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

Chiang Mai is known to be a stronghold of former premiers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra.

When asked if the government feared any opposition from people living there, Prayut responded by saying, "What should I be afraid of? If I was afraid, I would not be standing here.

"This is part of the Cabinet retreat [which must be organised in each region of the country]. The last retreat was held in the central province of Prachuap Kiri Khan, wasn't it? How many regions does the country have? We want to visit each region," he said.

"If we went to a small province, would we meet [a large number of] people? Chiang Mai is a big city, offering many activities, be it tourism or agriculture," he explained.

Meanwhile, Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also defence minister, said he was still considering an appropriate location for the meeting.

When asked if moves to strip Thaksin of his police rank would stir up discontent among Chiang Mai residents, he said this issue had more to do with national police chief Pol General Somyot Poompanmoung.

"The media imagines things. There's nothing that shows public dissatisfaction. At the moment, everything is calm."

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