By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PALANG PRACHARATH MP Vichian Chavalit today (Apr. 18) resigned as a party-listed lawmaker amidst speculation that he will very shortly join the brand-new Sarng Anakot Thai Party.
Vichian, who will be automatically replaced as MP by another person named on the 2019 electoral list of Palang Pracharath Party, is widely expected to join Sarng Anakot Thai Party, headed by former Palang Pracharath party leader/former finance minister Uttama Savanayana.
Vichian who has earlier performed as one of government whips at parliament has not informed Deputy Prime Minister/Palang Prachaarath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan of his intent in advance to leave the largest coalition partner.
Another Palang Pracharath MP, namely Pornchai Trakulvaranon, is more or less expected to leave Prawit’s party for Uttama’s camp as well.
Though both Vichian and Pornchai were named members of Palang Pracharath Party’s executive board in a caucus held earlier this month, they have apparently turned down such a partisan post.
Earlier this year, Thammanat Prompao had led a legally enforced exodus of 21 Palang Pracharath MPs including himself from Prawit’s camp following last year’s aborted ploy to outvote Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a no-confidence motion which closely prompted a surprise ouster of Thammanat as deputy agriculture & cooperatives minister.
Top: Sarng Anakot Thai Party leaders at a recent caucus.
Home Page: Mr. Vichian Chavalit. Both photos: Matichon