No cabinet reshuffle before election: Thai PM

16:52, March 19, 2011      

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Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reaffirmed on Saturday that he will not reshuffle the cabinet before dissolving the lower House and calling a fresh election.

The prime minister made the remarks after the censure voting on Saturday morning which he and nine other ministers survived but with different numbers of supporting MPs. He said every targeted minister had been able to clarify accusation put against them by opposition parties clearly.

He said it was about one month before the government would disband the lower House and he would concentrate on economic and political issues and try to solve people's hardship.

The premier said before that he would call earlier election by the first week of May. If so, the general election will be held in late June or early July.

The ruling Democrat party came into power in December 2008 and actually is to finish its term by the end of this year.

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