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Thailand appoints finance minister after monthlong void

To boost COVID-hit economy, prime minister picks former junta transport minister

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has appointed Arkom Termpittayapaisith as finance minister after leaving the position vacant for about a month.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha brought an end to a monthlong vacancy in the cabinet by appointing former Transport Minister Arkom Termpittayapaisith to the position of finance minister.

The appointment was signed by the prime minister on Oct. 1, according to the Royal Gazette, the government's official journal, released on Monday. Arkom will fill the gap created by the abrupt resignation of former Finance Minister Predee Daochai a month ago.

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