By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT Chan-o-cha was today (Jan.23) encouraged to leave the house currently provided by the army as his living quarters free of charge now that he has fully become a politician.
Thai Liberal MP Napaporn Petjinda insisted that Prayut, who is seeking to retain power for two more years after the next general election, leave the army house in the premises of the First Infantry Regiment in Bangkok provided as free accommodation for him since the last several years.
Prayut who has risen to power by way of the 2014 coup which he himself orchestrated as army chief has been living in the army house in vicinity of those provided for free in the same premises of the army regiment for Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Palang Pracharath leader Prawit Wongsuwan and Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda.
Given the shared status as former army chief, yet effective beyond retirement, the trio were all entitled to residing in the unpaid-for houses inside the army barracks.
Nevertheless, Napaporn said it is time Prayut who has planned to run for head of a post-election government under the Ruam Thai Sang Chart tickets gave up such privileges unavailable for other retired army generals and politicians simply by leaving the army-provided house.
Those who are contesting the general election including members of cabinet are legally prohibited from using government property or personnel during their electoral campaigns.
Top: The entrance to the First Infantry Regiment where Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has free accommodation.
Front Page: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photos: Matichon