By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT Chan-o-cha has been suggested to help make Palang Pracharath Party boss Prawit Wongsuwan an elected prime minister instead of preoccupying himself with personal whims to prolong his rule, said a partisan source over the weekend.
Prayut has been strongly advised that he lend solid support for Prawit’s hush-hush scheme to be named the No.1 Palang Pracharath candidate for prime minister and give up on his sustained efforts to prolong his rule for only two more years provided by law, according to the partisan source who spoke on condition that he not be identified.
Prayut who has reportedly intended to prolong his rule provided by court until 2025 has so far remained non-committal as to whether or when he may ever decide to run for prime minister under the tickets of the Palang Pracharath Party or probably turn to the brand-new Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party which has been primarily set up as an alternative to Prawit’s camp with the top post of a post-election government at stake.
But, according to the partisan source, the Palang Pracharath rank and file have already come to the conclusion that Prayut who has allegedly run the country for the last eight years in random, error-prone fashion will not draw enough votes from among constituents nationwide to turn Prawit’s party into core of a post-election coalition government.
Some Palang Pracharath MPs have been apparently concerned over possibilities of being outvoted by rival contestants if they have to promote Prayut for prime minister again during their electoral campaigns, the source said.
The Palang Pracharath Party will likely name a trio of partisan candidates for prime minister with Prawit being the most likely to top the list, followed by Prayut and former police chief Chakthip Chaijinda.
Prawit might be able to run the country throughout a four-year term of the House of Representatives whilst Prayut is legally allowed to do so for only about two years during which he might probably be named a deputy prime minister or defence minister, the source said.
The Palang Pracharath boss had looked self-assertive and competent a few months ago during which he had run the country as caretaker prime minister whilst Prayut had been ordered by court to stop performing as head of government pending a ruling on his contentious eight-year term.
A prime minister is given a maximum of eight years to run the country, either in consecutive or non-consecutive manner, in accordance with the constitution.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, right in above photo and left in Front Page photo, and Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan. Top photo: INN News, Front Page photo: Matichon