By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PALANG PRACHARATH top leader Prawit Wongsuwan today (Nov.7) said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may choose to be named a candidate for head of a post-election government of any party other than his own.
The Palang Pracharath boss, who concurrently performs as deputy prime minister, told reporters he would not mind if Prayut may finally turn to any other party under which he may run for prime minister after the next general election.
That apparently referred to the Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party which has reportedly planned to endorse Prayut who has been allowed by court to prolong his rule until 2025 as partisan contender for head of a post-election government.
“Who am I to keep anyone from leaving the party in the first place?” Prawit sardonically put it, referring to Prayut and Palang Pracharath MPs who may have planned to go party-hopping during a run-up to the nationwide election.
Prayut is not a member of Prawit’s camp which has successfully named him partisan candidate for prime minister after the 2019 general election.
The deputy premier said such significant matters as the political future of the current premier have not as yet been discussed between the both of them, however,
According to partisan sources who only spoke on condition of anonymity, Prayut would definitely not offer himself as a No.2 among a trio of Palang Pracharath candidates for prime minister with the ruling party’s boss and former police chief Chakthip Chaijinda being more or less speculated to be included.
Meanwhile, Prawit categorically denied hearsay that he had quietly held an informal talk with Potjaman na Pombejra, the ex-spouse of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, largely viewed as “owner” and de facto leader of the Pheu Thai Party, about anything pertaining to post-election possibilities.
His comments apparently followed speculation that the largest coalition Palang Pracharath Party and the largest opposition Pheu Thai Party might possibly join hands and set up a post-election coalition government of their own on condition that Prawit’s camp no longer name Prayut as candidate for prime minister again.
Top: Palang Pracharth Party leader-cum-Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
Front Page: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Both photos: Matichon