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Thai PM en route to northeast for cabinet meeting

(Xinhua)

16:00, February 21, 2012

BANGKOK, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her ministers on Tuesday held a cabinet meeting in the country's northeastern province of Udon Thani, Thai News Agency reported.

Yingluck left Bangkok Tuesday noon for the northeastern province of Loei before proceeding by helicopter to Udon Thani for the cabinet meeting.

She is scheduled to return to Bangkok on Wednesday.

In Udon Thani, Yingluck will inspect the Huay Klai Reservoir Sustainable Water Management Royal Project in Nong Wua Sor district.

After staying overnight in the province, the prime minister will convene her second cabinet meeting Wednesday at Udon Thani Rajabhat University auditorium in the provincial seat.

The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) will propose a schedule of projects for cabinet consideration at the meeting.

The projects relate to the 12 northeastern provinces -- Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai, Loei, Bueng Kan, Mukdahan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et and Kalasin.

The premier has expressed her wish to hold monthly cabinet meetings in provinces. The first such meeting was held in Chiang Mai on Jan. 14-15. After the second meeting in Udon Thani, the third is scheduled for March 19-20 in the southern province of Phuket and the fourth is April 23-24 in the central region.

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