By Thai Newsroom Reporters
RUAM THAI SANG CHART Party will offer to name Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as candidate for head of a post-election government only if Palang Pracharath Party no longer does following the polls, said Seksakol Attawong, assistant to the Prime Minister’s Office Minister, today (Feb.7).
The founder of a brand-new Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party confirmed that Prayut will “never be isolated” in the political arena though Palang Pracharath Party, the biggest coalition partner in government, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, might possibly no longer name him as head of government as they did following the 2019 general election.
Though Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party may not be finally given the chance at parliament to name Prayut as its sole candidate for premier following the next general election, the brand-new party will certainly promote him as head of government during its electoral campaigns nationwide, Seksakol said.
Prawit has earlier assured that his party will continue to lend solid support for Prayut during censure debates and votes of confidence but has not as yet confirmed or denied whether they will formally name him again as head of a post-election government.
A certain candidate for premier is legally allowed to be nominated by only one party but there could be two or more nominees so that all legislators may finally vote to pick one as head of a post-election government.
The assistant to the Prime Minister’s Office Minister said the phrase Ruam Thai Sang Chart literally meaning “united country-building Thais” was coined by Prayut himself.
Seksakol made his comments in response to speculation that many Palang Pracharath MPs might abandon the disintegrated party following last month’s exodus of ex-Palang Pracharath secretary-general Thammanat Prompow and 20 fellow MPs most of whom have left the ruling camp for a brand-new Thai Economic Party.
Without elaborating, Seksakol said some of those Palang Pracharath lawmakers will finally join his own party in lieu of others.
Meanwhile, Prayut and members of his cabinet will respond to allegations during censure debate without a subsequent vote of confidence on Feb.17 and Feb.18 which is yet to be followed by one with a vote of confidence tentatively scheduled for May.
The premier is not legally allowed to dissolve the House of Representatives and call a general election after a no-confidence motion is formally lodged or during its proceedings at parliament.
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