By Thai Newsroom Reporters
INTERIOR MINISTER ANUPONG Paochinda said today (Dec.29) he will no longer get involved in politics after the next general election.
The interior minister told reporters he has considered himself as being today “too old” to keep going on in the political arena after the election, likely scheduled for early next year.
The unelected Anupong categorically dismissed speculation that he might probably apply for membership of the Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party which has reportedly planned to name Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as partisan candidate for head of a post-election government.
Anupong is largely known as one of a Sam Por trio of former army chiefs in addition to Palang Pracharath leader Prawit Wongsuwan and Prayut who has decided to run for prime minister under the Ruam Thai Sang Chart tickets.
Apart from Prayut who has intended to prolong his rule for two more years after the election as provided by law, Prawit who concurrently acts as deputy prime minister will also vie for prime minister under the ruling Palang Pracharath banners.
Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda. Top photo: Matichon Weekly, Front Page photo: Thai Rath