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Palang Pracharath Party has not yet picked future PM candidate: Thammanat

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

PALANG PRACHARATH PARTY secretary-general Thammanat Prompow has reconfirmed the largest coalition partner in government has not as yet picked a candidate for head of a future government.

Thammanat, who was deprived of a cabinet post last month, made his comments yesterday (Oct. 23) in response to widely-circulated speculation that Palang Pracharath Party would again pick Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as its candidate for head of a post-election government as it did so in the 2019 election. 

Thammanat contended that such matter is yet to be decided upon by the executive board of the party where its top leader/Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan will have a final say.

According to the Palang Pracharath secretary-general, Prawit has not as yet made an official statement in support of Prayut who already has expressed his intention to prolong his rule for another five years from now.

Neither has the Palang Pracharath secretary-general confirmed or denied parallel speculation that the ruling party has planned to name one other candidate or two for head of a post-election government in addition to Prayut.

Meanwhile, Thammanat insisted that partisan polls recently conducted among constituency-based Palang Pracharath MPs were primarily designed to find out any weak points or shortcomings about whatever they may have done so far in the interests of their respective constituents so they could correct or improve their performance.

He called on those among the rank and file of the party to wait for results of the polls which are yet to be publicly announced instead of jumping onto groundless conclusions as many Palang Pracharath MPs currently representing Bangkok and southern constituencies are feared to have failed in the evaluation polls.


Top: Palang Pracharath Party’s secretary-general Thammanat Prompow talking to reporters.

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