By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PALANG PRACHARATH Party will not name a partisan candidate for Bangkok Governor, confirmed party leader Prawit Wongsuwan today (Nov. 2).
The largest coalition partner in government will not send any candidate running for Bangkok Governor under its banners to avoid a legal battle which might possibly follow, commented the Palang Pracharath Party leader, who concurrently acts as deputy prime minister.
The gubernatorial election, expected early next year, will see two favourite candidates, namely incumbent governor Aswin Kwanmuang, and former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt, among others.
Those running for Bangkok Governor may either be attached to a political party or contest as non-partisan, independent candidates, according to the law.
Meanwhile, Prawit declined to comment on criticism that Palang Pracharath Party secretary-general Thammanat Prompow will eventually endorse Aswin instead of former police chief Chakthip Chaijinda in the gubernatorial election.
Chakthip commented he would prefer to not vie against Aswin whom he said he regards as a fellow police general and with whom he has fostered unfaltering fraternal relationship, thus apparently prompting him to opt out of the race.
Top: Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan.
Home Page: Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang. Both photos: Siam Rath
Read earlier report: Ex-police chief opts out of Bangkok’s gubernatorial race