Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Tuesday invoked Section 44 of the interim constitution to order the transfer of six governors with immediate effect.
The six governors facing the axe are Kanchanaburi governor Sak Somboonto, Kalasin governor Natthapat Suwanprateep, Chiang Rai governor Boonsong Techamaneesathit, Phuket governor Chokechai Det-amorntun, Ratchaburi governor Surapol Sawaengsak and Sing Buri governor Pasin Komolwit.
The five governors were appointed special inspectors-general attached to the Prime Minister's Office.
In the meantime, the prime minister ordered the appointment of four replacements for the governorships. They are Mr Suvit Kamdee, security advisor attached to the office of interior permanent secretary, becoming Kalasin governor; Narongsak Osotthanakorn, inspector-general of interior ministry, becoming Chiang Rai governor; Norapat Plodthong, advisor attached to office of interior permanent secretary, becoming Phuket governor and Chaiwat Chuenkosum, advisor attached to office of interior permanent secretary, becoming Ratchaburi governor.
Replacements for Sing Buri and Kanchanaburi governors are yet to be appointed.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)