By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PALANG PRACHARATH LEADER Prawit “Uncle Pom” Wongsuwan said today (Aug.8) the Pheu Thai will sooner or later ask his party to jump onto the bandwagon of a Pheu Thai-led coalition government.
Though the Pheu Thai under de facto party boss Thaksin Shinawatra has not officially invited the Palang Pracharath to join their coalition at the moment, they will eventually do so, according to the Palang Pracharath leader.
The Bhumjaithai under de facto party boss Newin Chidchob already joined the Pheu Thai-led coalition yesterday, prompting speculation that several other camps will very likely follow suit sooner or later.
Prawit made his comments amidst the possibility that certain Palang Pracharath MPs might possibly lend solid support for the naming of Pheu Thai candidate Srettha Thavisin for prime minister in a joint House/Senate meeting tentatively scheduled for Aug.17 with purported intent to see their own party join the Pheu Thai-led coalition government at a later date.
Whilst Srettha will need a minimum of 375 votes from MPs and senators to become head of government, the Pheu Thai-led coalition is yet to have a majority of MPs on their side.
In addition to 141 Pheu Thai MPs and 71 Bhumjaithai MPs, the current coalition is yet needing many more, albeit at a later date after the real estate mogul-turned-prime ministerial candidate has been named and voted.
Without any MPs currently attached to a couple of “uncles’ camps” to join in, the Pheu Thai coalition would only have a meagre majority of an estimated 262-plus MPs at command, thus being probably considered an unstable government.
The other “uncle’s camp” refers to the Ruam Thai Sang Chart under de facto party boss/caretaker prime minister Prayut “Uncle Tu” Chan-o-cha.
Palang Pracharth Party boss Prawit Wongsuwan celebrating his 78th birthday today, August 8, 2023. Photos: Thai Rath