BANGKOK (Bangkok Post) – King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Tuesday extended moral support to the new cabinet ministers and advised them to be committed to serving the country and the people.
The King gave an address to the cabinet ministers led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha after they took the oath of office during the swearing-in ceremony at Ambara Villa in Dusit Palace.
His Majesty was accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen.
“I would like to offer my best wishes and moral support to you all. May you be blessed with confidence and determination to carry out your duties and fulfil the oath you made for the happiness and security of the country and the people,” the monarch said.
“Each job has its obstacles and difficulties. Therefore, problem-solving is normal so the governing of the country can proceed smoothly. It is necessary to tackle the core of the problems and be strong and patient. I wish the cabinet ministers moral support and strength to perform your duties properly with righteousness,” the King said.
The swearing-in of the ministers in the presence of the King is required by the constitution. Afterwards, the government must present a policy statement to parliament within 15 days before cabinet ministers assume their official duties.
The key political consequence of the ceremony is that the National Council for Peace and Order ceased to exist once the cabinet was sworn in, officially ending its five-year rule.
Speaking after the ceremony, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he was confident the new cabinet ministers would have no trouble working together as they were all familiar with each other.
“The country cannot stop. No matter what problems, we’ll find ways to solve them. We have to stop unnecessary problems and foster unity among the people,” Gen Prayut said.
Gen Prayut later chaired a first cabinet meeting at Government House and gave the ministers a welcome speech.
“Like myself, this meeting room has been awaiting you for years,” the prime minister said, stressing that the government belongs to all Thais and must see to it that all groups of people are looked after equally.