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Prayut will join new party, says source

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is being courted to join the newly established Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party (RTSCP) after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit wraps up later this month, according to a party source.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 11 November 2022, 10:02AM

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: Bangkok Post

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: Bangkok Post

The source said efforts are being made to approach Gen Prayut. “We are confident the prime minister will join the party after the conclusion of Apec,” the Bangkok Post reports the source as saying.

The Apec summit will be held from Nov 18-19.

“If and when Gen Prayut joins the party, it will be necessary to reshape him into a fully-fledged politician for a refreshing change.

“His military image will take a back seat to his prominent role as a politician. We are also confident the party’s popularity will increase if he joins us.

“Moreover, some MPs from other coalition parties, including the Democrat and the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), are also expected to follow in Gen Prayut’s footsteps and switch over to the RTSCP,’ the source said.

The RTSCP is led by Pirapan Salirathavibhaga, a former Democrat MP who also serves as an adviser to the prime minister.

The RTSCP was founded in March last year by Seksakol Atthawong, a former aide to the prime minister, to back Prayut’s return as premier after the next general election if he so wishes.

On Tuesday, Mr Pirapan said the party would welcome Prayut if he opted to join it.

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister and PPRP leader Prawit Wongsuwon said he would have no issue with Prayut switching sides.

The PPRP nominated Prayut as its “outsider” candidate for prime minister in the 2019 general election. Prayut is not a member of the PPRP.

Prayut remained tight-lipped about the latest rumour.

Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha, who serves as the deputy Democrat leader, said yesterday (Nov 10) party executives will have to hold talks with MPs to find ways to prevent the “haemorrhaging of MPs” to other parties.

He said the issue had dented the confidence of party members, and executives must step up.

The RTSCP is also said to be welcoming another ex-Democrat, Trairong Suwannakhiri, who announced his resignation from the party last month after 38 years of Democrat membership.

The party’s ex-deputy leader expressed interest in joining an outfit that shares similar values and ideologies, widely believed to be the RTSCP.

On Wednesday, Mr Trairong was appointed by Prayut as an adviser in charge of election campaign speeches and policies, prompting speculation about Prayut’s preparations for the general election.

A source said Prayut wanted Mr Trairong to liaise with the RTSCP.

Writing on Facebook yesterday, Mr Trairong insisted that even if he joins a new party, he would only act as an adviser and would not accept any political position.

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Kurt | 11 November 2022 - 21:22:08

Old wine in new bags. With a stroke of different color paint on party buildings. Getting rid of undesireble inheritance. Who is fooling who?

Prab | 11 November 2022 - 16:49:07

same ... just different day lol

Pooliekev | 11 November 2022 - 15:11:17

Who says they dont? Only embittered, elderly expats. 

Kurt | 11 November 2022 - 12:40:54

JohnC, as long the people in power, money- and political wise, that long the 'underprivilaged', as the Hi-So's call those themselve, will never surface/rise out of poverty. Keep them uneducated, at lowest income level as possible. Take advantage of them while pocket filling is easy in Thailand for politicians and military. Goody bags + photo's of the unspeakeble keeps them calm.

Capricornball | 11 November 2022 - 12:16:40

Sounds a lot like a pro-junta group trying to rename itself...kinda like a new paint job to make the crappy old house look new. But, as the saying goes, the tiger cannot change its stripes. It will be the same dinosaur regime that so desperately needs to go. These relics have no concern for the common Thai, and there will be no changes to justice, equity or fairness. Thais deserve better.

JohnC | 11 November 2022 - 10:31:26

A refreshing change would be to have a political party in power who care for the people more so that just their own status and hip pockets. Can it ever happen here.


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