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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has unveiled a new 35-member cabinet. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has approved the line-up, which is dominated by Yingluck's Puea Thai Party.
The cabinet list includes four outsiders. They've been given the transport, commerce and finance portfolios, while one takes the post of deputy prime minister.
Yingluck Shinawatra says she believes her ministers will work hard, and their achievements will be evaluated after six months.
She said, "Although some people have doubted the ability of foreign minister Surapong Towijakchaikul. I think his attributes lie in commerce and trade, which are very important attributes for any foreign minister. As for foreign affairs, the staff at the ministry will provide a lot of help and suggestions. "
A close associate of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the foreign minister said he will deal with Thaksin's extradition based purely on the facts.
Former central bank deputy governor, Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala, is appointed finance minister.
The finance portfolio is seen as hugely important for Yingluck, who will be under pressure to deliver numerous big-spending populist policies, without hurting the economy and driving up debt and inflation.
Yougyuth Wichaidit, a former civil servant and political scientist, becomes Interior Minister. He played a key role in keeping Puea Thai together last year, when it was plagued by infighting and divisions.
Three other parties from the six-member coalition were awarded four ministerial positions - in agriculture, industry, culture, and tourism and sports.
Puea Thai however is in control of Thailand's key ministries, including defense, energy, justice and the interior.