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Fifth cabinet member to resign from Thai PM Prayuth's govt - party spokeswoman

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Tewan Liptapanlop will resign on Monday, his party spokeswoman told Reuters, and would be the fifth member of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s cabinet to quit in less than five days.

Chart Pattana Party spokeswoman Yaowapa Boorapolchai told Reuters the party leadership had decided Tewan would leave his cabinet post to pave the way for a cabinet reshuffle.

Chart Pattana is among the 20 coalition partner of the government led by Prayuth and it holds only one cabinet position.

Tewan’s resignation would follow that of Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and two other ministers, who quit Prayuth’s cabinet on Thursday.

(The story is refiled to correct headline to spokeswoman)

Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Editing by Martin Petty