Shadow Cabinet of Thailand

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The Shadow Cabinet of Thailand (Thai: คณะรัฐมนตรีเงา or รัฐบาลเงา) is an unofficial group of senior opposition party's spokespeople who form an alternative cabinet to the government. The shadow cabinet members shadow or mark each individual member of the government. After the People's Power Party's win in the 2007 general election, the Democrat Party became the sole official opposition party. Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the Democrat Party, expressed his intention to set up a shadow cabinet to track the new administration's performance, to propose better solutions, and to provide the Democrat's standpoint on each government decision.[1] The shadow cabinet line-up was announced on February 8, 2008 after the Samak's administration had officially assumed office. On the 15 December 2008, Abhisit was elected by the House of Representatives to become the next Prime Minister, within a week a Cabinet will be formed which will include many members his Shadow Cabinet. However a day later the For Thais Party (the opposition party) MP Jatuporn Promphan stated that his party will not be forming a Shadow Cabinet.[2]

Although the Leader of the Opposition is an officially appointed position, the shadow cabinet currently bears no legal status.

The Shadow Cabinet 2008[3][4][edit]

Abhisit Vejjajiva's Shadow Cabinet, active from 8 February 2008- 15 December 2008.

Portfolio Shadow Minister
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva
Deputy Prime Minister Photipong Lumsum
Deputy Prime Minister Pichase Panvichatku
Deputy Prime Minister Chamni Sakdiset
Deputy Prime Minister Suthas Ngernmuen
Deputy Prime Minister Alongkorn Pollabutr
Deputy Prime Minister Kasit Piromya
Minister for the Prime Minister’s Office Nipit Intarasombat
Minister for the Prime Minister’s Office Ong-Art Klampaiboon
Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Trairong Suwankiri
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Arkom Engchuan
Minister of Commerce Kiart Sitthi-amorn
Deputy Minister of Commerce Sathit Pitudecha
Minister of Culture Teera Slukpetch
Minister of Defence General Picharnmet Muangmanee
Minister of Education Abhisit Vejjajiva
Deputy Minister of Education Kanok Wongtrangan
Deputy Minister of Education Chinnaworn Boonyakiat
Minister of Energy Jurin Laksanavisit
Minister of Finance Korn Chatikavanij
Deputy Minister of Finance Chuti Kririksh
Deputy Minister of Finance Sansern Samalapa
Minister of Foreign Affairs M.R. Sukhumbhand Paripatra
Minister of Industry Chaiwut Bannawat
Minister of Information and Communication Technology Sathit Wongnongtoey
Minister of Interior Suthep Thaugsuban
Deputy Minister of Interior Thaworn Senniam
Minister of Justice Peerapan Saleeratthavipak
Minister of Labour Paitoon Kaewthong
Minister of Natural Resource and Environment Vithoon Nambutr
Minister of Public Health Therdpong Chaiyanand
Deputy Minister of Public Health Buranat Samuttarak
Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich
Minister of Social Development and Human Security Kraisak Choonhavan
Minister of Tourism and Sports Witthaya Kaewparadai
Minister of Transport Colonel Winai Sompong
Deputy Minister of Transport Niphon Boonyamanee

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