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The appointment of Maitree Inthusud as Phuket Governor is expected

Experienced New Phuket Governor Named

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
PHUKET: Maitree Inthusud, from Phayao province in Thailand's north, is the new Governor of Phuket, Thai media reported today.

Khun Maitree is the present governor of Phayao and his appointment to Phuket is as one of 24 new governors announced today.

Khun Maitree has some experience of Thailand's south. He was a governor of Trang province, south of Phuket on the Andaman Sea coast.

He has also been vice governor of Phang Nga and Nakkorn Si Tammarat. He has a masters degree.

Dr Sommai Preechasin, the most senior of Phuket's three vice governors, has been Acting Governor since former Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha left Phuket at the weekend to begin his retirement in Bangkok.

He said he would take a long holiday before settling down to his new career as a grandfather - but the holiday would not be on Phuket.

Cabinet is expected to endorse all of the appointments at a meeting in Bangkok today.

It's not known at this stage when the new governor will arrive on Phuket.

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Well I am glad to know he has a masters degree and was the gov of Trang and Issan before.. However, what it this whole shenanigan about appointing governors? Why not have an election? Like in a democracy? Chances are a local would be a the leading candidate, and then the governor might be a local and fight for local issues. Wouldn't that make a lot of sense?

Posted by J on October 2, 2012 10:26

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And when is his 60th birthday (and therefore mandatory retirement)?

Next year?

Posted by Sam W on October 2, 2012 11:05

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J - Yes and no. Locally elected officials tend to be beholden to local special interest groups. As appointed administrators, Provincial Governors maintain a certain amount of independence, and are the mechanism for the central government to provide some oversight in the provinces. Their actual power is limited.

Posted by matt on October 2, 2012 11:08

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"Why not have an election? Like in a democracy? Chances are a local would be a the leading candidate, and then the governor might be a local and fight for local issues. Wouldn't that make a lot of sense?"
And local entanglement as well.

Please, no elections.

Posted by stevenl on October 2, 2012 12:21

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Let's hope this good apple is not influenced too quickly or too much by all the bad apples in the local administration barrel.

Posted by Buster on October 2, 2012 15:09


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