By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT Chan-o-cha has not as yet joined the Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party as rumours have it, said party leader Pirapan Salirathawipak today (Nov.22).
Pirapan who concurrently acts as adviser to the prime minister categorically dismissed the hearsay that Prayut applied as a member of the Ruam Thai Sang Chart yesterday.
Pirapan contended that he would definitely have verified a formal application of anyone’s partisan membership and that there simply was no need to conceal it.
Prayut has been speculated to finally opt to join ranks with the brand-new Ruam Thai Sang Chart in lieu of the ruling Palang Pracharath, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, and contest the next general election under the tickets of Pirapan’s camp.
A party contesting the nationwide election is legally required to get a minimum of 25 MPs in order to name a partisan candidate for prime minister.
According to partisan sources, a number of coalition MPs and cabinet members might probably jump onto the Ruam Thai Sang Chart bandwagon only if Prayut joined first.
That might probably refer to Palang Pracharath secretary-general-cum-Deputy Finance Minister Santi Prompat, Digital Economy & Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn, Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin and Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit and Prime Minister’s Office Minister Anucha Nakhasai, among others.
The pro-Prayut party might possibly grab MP seats in some of the southern constituencies currently occupied by Palang Pracharath, Bhumjaithai and Democrat MPs in the general election speculated early next year.
Prayut has earlier made it public that he has intended to prolong his rule for about two more years as provided by law following the nationwide race to parliament.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: INN News
Front Page: Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party leader Pirapan Salirathawipak. Photo: Matichon