By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT Chan-o-cha today (Apr. 12) quoted Deputy Prime Minister/Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan as saying “for a hundred times over” he will never become head of a future government.
Prayut told reporters at Government House that he has had no doubt about Prawit’s consistent support for his premiership and that they never discussed with each other any topics pertaining to the post-election one.
“Gen Prawit has stated for a hundred times he will never become prime minister. There’ll be nothing to cause conflict between the two of us,” Prayut said.
Prayut made his comments in response to wide speculation that Prawit may have probably planned to make himself prime minister following the next general election, given gigantic billboards featuring the largest coalition partner’s logo and a picture of the party leader erected along major highways on Bangkok’s suburbs and in the provinces with his well-wishing messages to Songkran festival revellers.
Following the 2019 election, Prawit had managed to successfully name Prayut as head of the Palang Pracharath-led coalition government.
According to Prayut, the Palang Pracharath leader would eventually do the same again and would not vie for the top government post following the next nationwide election.
Prayut downplayed the gigantic roadside billboards featuring Prawit, saying other major parties have evidently done the same as well.
Digital Economy & Society Minister/deputy Palang Pracharath leader Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn earlier remarked that those signs were merely the party’s publicity campaign which, he said, did by no means indicate a political undertone with respect to the next race to parliament.
Top: Prime Minister Chan-o-cha together with Deputy Prime Minister/Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan. Photo: Voice TV
Home Page: One of the huge billboards featuring Gen. Prawit wishing people a Happy Songkran. Photo: INN News