By Thai Newsroom Reporters
DESPITE OF HAVING BEEN DEPRIVED of cabinet posts, Thammanat Prompow and Naruemon Pinyosinwat will stay on as secretary general and treasurer of the Palang Pracharath Party respectively and will not be replaced by anyone else as yet, said a source in the ruling party today (Sept. 11).
Former deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister Thammanat and former deputy labour minister Naruemon will continue to perform as secretary general and treasurer of the Palang Pracharath Party respectively, according to the source who quoted the party’s leader/ Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan as saying.
Though Thammanat has publicly announced he will no longer visit the Palang Pracharath party’s headquarters, Prawit has reassured its rank and file that there will be no reshuffle in its executive board, especially regarding the posts of secretary general and treasurer, the source inside the party said.
Thammanat is largely speculated to quit the post of secretary general of the Palang Pracharath Party sooner than later since he was recently dismissed as member of the Prayut cabinet following a no-confidence motion which has apparently failed to vote out the premier.
Thammanat is viewed as invariably staunch to Prawit, who was apparently frustrated at one of his entrusted proteges being fired by Prayut. Yet, Prawit quietly told the party’s rank and file to stay put and that there will be no major change in the party’s executive board for the time being or in the foreseeable future.
During last week’s four-day censure debate at parliament, Prayut had been alerted of Thammanat’s aborted plot to have him voted out in the post-censure, no-confidence motion.
The hush-hush conspiracy was eventually aborted, prompting Thammanat to have confided to Prawit that he would take responsibility for it by resigning as member of the Prayut cabinet but the deputy premier discouraged him from so doing.
Finally, Prayut took preemptive action by dismissing Thammanat first and having it declared in the royal gazette barely a day before the latter publicly announced his resignation with immediate effect.
Top: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
Home Page: Former deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister Thammanat Prompow. Both photos: Siam Rath