PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Sept. 28) quashed speculations that a national government is being set up with Pheu Thai Party joining in after it votes in a new executive committee, Thai Rath newspaper report.
Gen. Prayut also denied giving up and getting ready to step down from premiership.
Upon being questioned by reporters at Government House about moves to set up a national government, Gen. Prayut said this was something reporters were writing on their own and that he had not seen any moves made.
The Pheu Thai Party caucus to select a new executive committee was a party matter and it was normal for political parties to implement key changes, he mentioned.
He confirmed he had not talked about this possibility with anyone and urged the reporters not to raise this issue.
“Sometimes I get frustrated too, going to set up this or that, you all are writing this yourselves, it’s not me. If I said something, then I said it…
“If there are any changes that are good for the country, implement it, I don’t object.
“But whether joining or not is for the future because today there is this government in place,” he said.
Questioned about rumours of him giving up and preparing to quit, Gen. Prayut said he had never thought about quitting, if it was a matter of the nation, religion, monarchy and the people he would never back off from such issues because he wanted the country to be peaceful and develop in stages.
Reporters then asked why these rumours were floating around and Gen. Prayut replied that he would not know and asked where they arose from. But he confirmed he would not be stepping down.
Top: Gen. Prayut talking to reporters at Government House today. Photo: Thai Rath