New secret hideaway for cabinet

A new temporary office has been prepared in Bangkok for caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet, but its location is being kept secret.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul revealed the move on Thursday.

But he did not disclose the location of the new office for fear People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban would lead demonstrators to rally at the site.

Mr Surapong confirmed that the new government office is located in the capital and said the office of permanent secretary for defence will still be used as an office for Ms Yingluck, in her capacity as caretaker defence minister.

The offices were being used by the cabinet but have come under siege by anti-government protesters. 

He insisted that the various relocations of government offices would not have a detrimental affect on the running of the country by the caretaker administration.

All Ms Yingluck's planned overseas trips have been cancelled until the political situation returns to normal, he added.

Mr Surapong, who is also a caretaker foreign minister, said he will soon visit the United States, England, Russia, France, China and the United Nations Organisation, to provide briefings on the current political situation in Thailand.

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Discussion 1 : 20/02/2014 at 11:14 PM
Why? The ambassadors but are all in Bangkok. Can not you see the situation. I keep getting information from the embassy. Even if I'm not in Thailand.
Discussion 2 : 20/02/2014 at 07:35 PM
Why not invite representatives from those countries to visit Thailand so they can see first hand and talk to the people. Or would that be too much of a risk on letting the cat out of the bag.
Discussion 3 : 20/02/2014 at 05:39 PM
"Mr Surapong, who is also a caretaker foreign minister, said he will soon visit the United States, England, Russia, France, China and the United Nations Organisation, to provide briefings on the current political situation in Thailand." Typical Shinawatra knee jerk reaction. When the political scene becomes too hot they go on an overseas junket with their entourage at the tax payer expense on some non-sense pretense.. Am surprised that he's not waiting for one of those 4 new VIP jets his cousin Yingluck ordered before he flies off. No money to pay farmers, but plenty for 'caretaker' junkets.
Discussion 4 : 20/02/2014 at 05:36 PM
Nothing says secret for long in Bangkok!
Discussion 5 : 20/02/2014 at 05:36 PM
"Mr Surapong, who is also a caretaker foreign minister, said he will soon visit the United States, England, Russia, France, China and the United Nations Organisation, to provide briefings on the current political situation in Thailand." .. Do you honestly think these countries actually care ?? Besides, the underlying issue here is the massive social divide between Thai's. It's an entirely internal problem. Whether you have the support or not of the U.S. England, Russia etc is totally irrelevant. For the Country to move forward again, Thai's must settle the issues THEMSELVES. These trips are a total waste of time...
Discussion 6 : 20/02/2014 at 05:27 PM
So Mr Surapong is planning to abroad to tell lies, I guess. And Mrs Yingluck is not prevented either to go abroad on a one way ticket, for the benefit of the country.
Discussion 7 : 20/02/2014 at 05:24 PM
"He insisted that the various relocations of government offices would not have a detrimental affect on the running of the country by the caretaker administration." Seems they're barely running the country as it is, at this point. It would be hard to tell whether their marginal efforts are impeded by the relocation.
Discussion 8 : 20/02/2014 at 05:21 PM
Why does Surapong think any other countries gives a toss or would do something if they did. The UN will however never forget "The UN is not my father" so why does Takkie crave their approval so much. Very very strange. If TS thinks the charge is crap why not come back and fight it, his wife did.
Discussion 9 : 20/02/2014 at 05:04 PM
If I was to receive a briefing from a caretaker gov't that has to hide from protesters,i sure would make sure I would get the other side of the story . I would not take for granted the explanations from someone whom issued a passport to a convicted criminal.
Discussion 10 : 20/02/2014 at 04:23 PM
"All Ms Yingluck's planned overseas trips have been cancelled until the political situation returns to normal, he added." AKA: The government have no money to pay for the trips.

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