July 15, 2020 / 1:25 PM / 25 days ago

Thai PM says 'I don't know' on finance team resignation reports

FILE PHOTO: Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha speaks at the closing ceremony of the 35th ASEAN Summit and related summits in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday he knows nothing about resignation plans by members of his top finance team amid conflicting media reports.

Thai online media reports said Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana and economic policy guru and Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak would announce their resignations soon, though other media reports said the ministers were not quitting.

Asked about the reports, Prayuth told reporters “I don’t know, I have not seen.”

Changes to the top economic team could rattle Southeast Asia’s worst performing economy, which is struggling with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Writing by Kay Johnson

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