PHEU Thai Party’s prime minister candidate Srettha Thavisin today (July 20) said while talks had been held with Move Forward Party no conclusion had been reached on nominating him for prime minister at the next House/senate meeting on July 27, Matichon newspaper said.
He mentioned that he did not join today’s meeting where Pheu Thai leaders discussed forming the government and also is not part of the two parties’ negotiation group.
While no conclusion had been reached there is still time for more talks before the next parliamentary meeting on July 27, he said, adding that Move Forward needs time for internal discussions.
Asked about reports of conditions he has set on forming the government should he be nominated for prime minister, Srettha replied that he has not yet set any terms and did not know whether this was a rumour or not.
He urged everyone to wait a little longer for the eight coalition partners to reach a conclusion and then make an official announcement.
Asked whether he had set the condition that Democrat and Ruam Thai Sang Chart parties must not be included in the coalition and he alone set up the cabinet, Srettha replied, “Set it up, that is not possible, it’s a coalition government, let’s talk about this later.
“As for the condition on who joins or not, that is the duty of the party executives to consider.”
Pheu Thai Party sources earlier said while their camp is getting ready to nominate Srettha for prime minister he has underscored that Move Forward Party must be included in the coalition government and while Palang Pracharath too could join in the party leader Prawit Wongsuwan should not be given a cabinet portfolio.
According to the sources, Srettha told Pheu Thai leaders that Move Forward should be part of the coalition to ensure continued public support and that he would like to participate in forming the cabinet and holding talks with other parties.
The sources added that Srettha also set the condition that the Democrat Party and Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party, whose de facto boss is caretaker prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, are not included.
Both these parties were linked to the People’s Democratic Reform Committee political pressure group formed by Suthep Thaugsuban that played a key role in the 2013–14 political crisis and led to the ouster of the Yingluck Shinawatra government by a coup on May 22, 2014 mounted by then army chief Prayut Chan-o-cha.
However he is willing to let Palang Pracharath party join the coalition but the party leader Prawit should not join the cabinet, the sources added.
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