By Thai Newsroom Reporters
MOVE FORWARD LEADER PITA Limjaroenrat yesterday (May 12) publicly said he is looking to run the country as prime minister for two straight terms following Sunday’s general election.
Addressing an estimated 50,000 Move Forward supporters, mostly Gen Yers and Gen Zers, in the premises of a Bangkok stadium, Pita called for voters nationwide to help make him head of government after the nationwide election.
One term of the prime minister-headed executive branch legally lasts four years or is equally correspondent to that of the legislative branch.
The Move Forward leader announced to the cheering crowd that he has planned to consume the sought-after premiership for two consecutive terms.
During yesterday’s final campaign speech, Pita pledged to see to it that the country will not be the same only if his liberal camp becomes the core of government after Sunday’s election.
Pita’s popularity has exponentially risen over all archrivals including Pheu Thai candidate for prime minister Paetongtarn Shinawatra, daughter of de facto party boss/deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinwatra.
Pita vowed to turn Thailand into a welfare state to which all Thais will be entitled on equitable basis whilst the military will be immediately reformed to the extent that there be no more coups, all military commanders be constantly kept out of political affairs and that the annual conscriptions be no longer compulsory.
Pita vowed to seriously lend an ear to those who may have regularly had opposing views so that, he said, he could probably become a “better” leader of the country’s executive branch.
Capping his 25-minute campaign speech, Pita shouted: “With the uncles, without us! And with us without uncles!”
“Uncles” referred to caretaker prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who is running to retain power under the ultra-conservative Ruam Thai Sang Chart tickets and Palang Pracharath leader Prawit Wongsuwan who is also contesting for the top post of government.
The Move Forward rank and file have openly expressed vehement opposition to those “uncles” and their camps, especially regarding post-election efforts to set up a coalition government, given the fact that Prayut, also known as Uncle Tu, staged the 2014 coup as army chief and allegedly worsened the country’s economic, social and political situations whilst Prawit, also known as Uncle Pom, managed to endorse the prolonged rule of the coup junta leader-turned-prime minister as head of a Palang Pracharath-led coalition government following the 2019 election.
Top and Front Page: Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat giving his final campaign speech at a Bangkok stadium last night, May 12, 2023. Photos: Naewna
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