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Thai economy reels under uncertainty, new FM still not in sight

The resignation of Thai deputy prime minister and finance minister, Pridiyathorn Devakula, has definitely affected confidence in the government and the country’s economic and investment climate. While, the resignation of Thai finance minister possibly will not dishearten foreign investors, but certainly raised question over the future course of Thai economy and its economic policies. Pridiyathorn had disappointed many investors as his policies widely perceived as reflecting a strong streak of economic nationalism. His resignation further revealed serious tensions within the administration as he pronounced that he could not work with ministers linked to Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister ousted in the September military coup. In the meanwhile, Thailand’s military-installed government is apparently struggling to find a suitable replacement for the vacant post as the government has formally added that it may take few days to select a new person for the job. However, Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont has clearly said that the performance of the new finance minister will not be unduly intervened. Interestingly, the Bank of Thailand governor, Tarisa Watanagase, has announced recently that the last remaining restrictions on foreign inflows into mutual funds would be lifted on Thursday. The decision was taken with a view to provide an option to foreign investors in a way that does not compromise country’s original objective to prevent excessive fluctuation of Thai currency.