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Prayut’s future still under wraps

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s political future remained under wraps yesterday (Nov 22), with key members of the Sam Mitr faction of the Palang Pracharath party (PPRP) tight-lipped over the prospect of his joining the Ruam Thai Sang Chart party led by Pirapan Salirathavibhaga.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 23 November 2022, 09:39AM

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin talked to reporters before attending the Cabinet meeting yesterday (Nov 22). Photo: Chanat Katanyu

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin talked to reporters before attending the Cabinet meeting yesterday (Nov 22). Photo: Chanat Katanyu

The likelihood of Gen Prayut’s move to Ruam Thai Sang Chart gained momentum after it was reported he had met Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, the PPRP leader, at the office of the Foundation for the Conservation of Forests in Five Adjoining Provinces in the compound of the 1st Infantry Division in Bangkok.

At the meeting, Prayut reportedly informed Prawit of his plan to join the Ruam Thai Sang Chart (United Thai Nation) party for the coming general election, reports the Bangkok Post.

PPRP secretary-general Santi Promphat, who is deputy finance minister, yesterday denied any prior knowledge of this, saying he learned of it from newspapers yesterday morning.

Asked whether he thought it was true, Mr Santi said he could not say anything yet. He had not yet made an appointment with Prawit to talk the matter over.

He declined to answer when asked if he would remain with PPRP and continue to support Prawit.

Somsak Thepsuthin, the justice minister and chairman of the PPRP’s strategy committee, also refused to comment when asked in what direction the Sam Mitr faction would go next. He said that with new information and uncertainties arising, he would have look into all political developments before making a decision.

“Since politics concerns the majority of people, the decision cannot be made based on personal favours,” Mr Somsak said.

Mr Somsak also declined to say that the Sam Mitr faction would definitely remain with PPRP, citing the volatile political situation.

Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul, the public health minister said he would rather not interfere in the affairs of other parties when asked about Prayut joining Ruam Thai Sang Chart.

He said Bhumjaithai respects other parties. “What we are doing is reducing conflict and doing away with hatred. We don’t make hate speeches or point out the weaknesses of other parties,” he said.

Asked whether he thought the government would serve its full term or the House of Representatives would be dissolved early, Anutin said anything could happen and he believed every party was now ready for a general election.

Anutin declined to say how many MPs he expected to defect to Bhumjaithai.

Prayut remained tight-lipped when asked by reporters as he went into yesterday’s Cabinet meeting about the report he had met and informed Prawit he would join Ruam Thai Sang Chart.

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JohnC | 25 November 2022 - 08:56:59

He should be removed from politics altogether because he will only ever be remembered as the general who took over after another coup no matter how much he tries to legitimise himself with so-called 'democratic elections'.

GerryT81 | 23 November 2022 - 16:25:24

@Kurt    What are you smoking ?

Kurt | 23 November 2022 - 12:58:37

The chickens flutter around, still without directional choice. Not yet knowing where power/money lands what would make them happy. And than next 'stand for'. 


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