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Thai PM leaves finance minister role to former SET chairman

Pichai also serves as deputy PM and leads economic recovery

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin at Government House of Thailand in Bangkok on Dec. 12. 2023 (Photo by Hiroki Endo)

BANGKOK (Reuters) -- Thai former energy executive Pichai Chunhavajira was named the country's finance minister on Sunday, facing a tough task to revive Southeast Asia's second-largest economy.

Pichai, 75, an adviser to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, takes over from Srettha as finance minister and becomes deputy prime minister, the official Royal Gazette said, announcing his appointment by the king.

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