Upcountry Cabinet Meetings Aren’t to Woo Politicians: Wissanu

An undated photo of Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krue-ngam. Photo: Matichon
An undated photo of Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krue-ngam. Photo: Matichon

BANGKOK — Two up-country cabinet meetings will not intend to attract electoral support or woo politicians, but to listen to residents’ voices, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said Monday.

Wissanu spoke as the military cabinet prepares for another two so-called roaming cabinet meetings July 23 and July 24 in Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen provinces respectively.

The deputy premier said all previous administrations have also held cabinet meetings in the provinces and said the current one is no different. Asked by a reporter why the government only began holding such meetings over the past two years and not from the beginning, Wissanu said the administration had to sort many things out prior to that.

“It’s nothing to do with luring [politicians],” Wissanu said. “As for politicians who claim people have been mobilized to greet the premier so local budgets can be approved, I don’t know about that. I have never heard about it. And honestly speaking, I am not aware about local politicians being summoned to meet or welcome the prime minister, because our goal is to listen to views.”