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Friday, March 21, 2008



Officers close to junta on way out and allies of Thakin back in

Thailand, The royal command for the mid-year military reshuffle was released on Thursday involving 383 positions in the Defence Ministry, the Supreme Command and the three wings of the armed forces.

Many officers seen as close to the junta were kicked upstairs to fill ceremonial positions while those seen as close to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned to key assignments. The majority of Thaksin's military allies are Pre-Cadet Class 10 graduates.

General Somjet Boonthanom, director general of the Defence Finance Department, was appointed chief adviser to the Defence Ministry. He used to serve as head of the Secretariat of the Council for National Security

Maj General Prin Suwanthat, a staunch supporter of Thaksin, would be an aide of Prime Minister and Defence Minister Samak Sundaravej. He was transferred from the position of commander of the 1st Infantry Division to an inactive post following the seizure of power.

Lt General Sunai Sappatawanit, commander of the Special Warfare Command, was sidelined to an advisory position in the Army. He was handpicked by junta leader General Sonthi Boonyaratglin in September to lead the crack troops.

General Ninnart Beowkaimuk, an aide to former interim prime minister Surayud Chualanont, received his new assignment as Army expert.

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