THE build up to Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan taking the helm of Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) ended this afternoon (June 27) when he was elected the party leader at its general assembly, INN News reported
Although he was the sole nominee, he did not attend the party caucus.
Also elected to key positions in the party’s new executive committee were Mr Anucha Nakasai, secretary general; Ms Narumon Pinyo Sinwat, treasurer; party-list MP Mr Boonasing Warinrak, registrar; and 23 other executive committee members all of whom are old faces.
Five members of the outgoing executive committee were dropped, all of them from the Si Kumarn faction, namely Fiance Minister Uttama Savanayana, Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong, Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Minister Suvit Maesincee, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Kobsak Pootrakool and PPRP co-founder Mr Chuan Choochan.
After the caucus Finance Minister and former party leader Uttama told reporters it did not matter that he lost the party leadership and that he would continue working in his current position just as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had said, “we continue at it,” Naewna newspaper reported.
Asked by reporters if the list of the new executive committee was as expected or not, Uttama said he did not know what the game was about but things turned out as they did at the caucus
Asked if he would continue working for PPRP, Uttama said he could continue working with everyone but refused say whether or not he would be resigning from the party.
Top: Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit is now the leader of Palang Pracharath Party. Photo: National News Bureau of Thailand