Thawil transferred to PM’s Office

The cabinet transferred National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Thawil Pliensri to the position of adviser at the Prime Minister’s Office, PM’s Office Minister Surawit Khonsomboon said after the cabinet meeting.

The transfer took effect immediately, leaving the post of NSC secretary-general vacant.

Mr Surawit said the transfer of Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree, the national police chief, to replace Mr Thawil as NSC chief was not on the agenda for the cabinet’s consideration today.

The cabinet also took for consideration 122 bills from the previous government still before the parliament.

The relevent agencies would be asked to advise which of the bills should remain on the parliament agenda.

Mr Thawil was not available for comment after his transfer was announced.

Democrat MP for Surat Thani province and former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban said he was not surprised by the cabinet’s resolution to transfer Mr Thawil.

“Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung has already made it clear Pol Gen Wichean will replace Mr Thawil as NSC chief, paving way for Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong to take the top police post,” Mr Suthep said.

Deputy police chief Priewpan is the elder brother of Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra, the ex-wife of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Before the cabinet meeting today, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm, who was instrumental in moving Pol Gen Wichean to his future job, said Mr Thawil can take legal action if he felt that his transfer to a new position was not well suited.

“I have no authority to move Mr Thawil to another position, as the decision lies with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Kowit Wattana,” Mr Chalerm said.

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