By Thai Newsroom Reporters
THE MOVE FORWARD is fairly expecting to get 70 to 80 MPs in the May 14 general election, said outspoken former MP Viroj Lakkhanaadisorn today (Apr.12).
Viroj who is seeking re-election in party-listed mode under the Move Forward tickets said the Move Forward is anticipating to win 70 to 80 MP seats in constituency-based and party-listed modes combined.
The latest target for Move Forward MPs speculated by Viroj from among a total of 400 elected in constituency-based mode plus 100 in party-listed mode is roughly comparable to 88 originally obtained by the court-dissolved Future Forward in the 2019 general election.
That compared to as many as 310 Pheu Thai MPs expected by the party of which deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is viewed as de facto boss and nearly 100 Palang Pracharath MPs anticipated by party leader Prawit Wongsuwan.
Viroj said the Move Forward which is not using old-fashioned electoral canvassers in either mode is no longer an alternative party but a major one for voters to pick in the nationwide election.
Meanwhile, Viroj said the Move Forward which is pitting party leader Pita Limjaroenrat as sole partisan contender for prime minister has agreed in principle to endorse the one to be named by the party which will get most out of a total of 500 MPs for head of a post-election government.
But the Move Forward will ultimately not support a partisan contestant for prime minister to be named by any party which may have been more or less involved in the 2014 coup orchestrated by the then-army chief Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to the former MP.
Prayut who is vying to retain power under the Ruam Thai Sang Chart banners had been named prime minister in the previous election by the Palang Pracharath whose leader Prawit is currently contesting as sole partisan contender for prime minister.
Top: Former MP Viroj Lakkhanaadisorn seeking re-election under Move Forward tickets.
Front Page: Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat giving a campaign speech recently. Both photos: Matichon
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Almost 4,800 running for constituency seats, nearly 1,900 in party-listed mode