By Thai Newsroom Reporters
POSSIBILITIES OF A MERGER between the Thai Sang Thai and Sang Anakhot Thai parties during a run-up to the next general election could not be entirely ruled out, according to Thai Sang Thai secretary-general Sita Tiwari.
Sita commented today (Oct. 14) the possibilities of the speculated merger between the Thai Sang Thai Party, headed by Sudarat Keyurapan, and the Sang Anakhot Thai Party, headed by Uttama Savanayana, could never be definitely ruled out as far as both may share “political ideologies.”
For instance, Sita said, if the Sang Anakhot Thai Party was ultimately opposed to dictatorial rule which may have been legally prolonged since the 2014 coup up to now, Uttama’s and Sudarat’s camps might eventually be combined into one sooner or later.
Though Somkid Jatusripitak, chairman of the Sang Anakhot Thai Party, had earlier joined a military-installed government under army chief-turned-Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, he and Sudarat could probably work with each other quite well since they used to in the time of the once-ruling, now-dissolved Thai Rak Thai Party to which both once belonged, according to the air force pilot-turned-politician.
Nevertheless, any efforts toward the speculated merger of the two parties would only be made in transparent, non-clandestine fashion, he said.
The Thai Sang Thai/Sang Anakhot Thai merger has been more or less expected during the run-up to the next race to parliament since fears have reportedly arisen to the extent that either one would fail to make a minimum of 25 MPs as provided by law to name a partisan candidate for head of a post-election government.
The Thai Sang Thai Party has reportedly intended to promote Sudarat, former head of the Pheu Thai Party’s strategic campaign committee, as candidate for head of a post-election government whilst the Sang Anakhot Thai Party has planned to send Somkid, former finance minister under the Prayut regime, vying for the top post of government.
Top: Thai Sang Thai Party leader Sudarat Keyurapan, right, and Sang Anakhot Thai Party chairman Somkid Jatusripitak, left. Photo: Matichon Weekly
Front Page: Thai Sang Thai secretary-general Sita Tiwari. Photo: Springnews.co.th