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More than half the senators likely to vote Srettha for PM


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

MORE THAN HALF the senators will likely vote in support of Pheu Thai candidate for prime minister Srettha Thavisin today (Aug.22), according to a source associated with senatorial whips.

Srettha will likely get more than enough votes to become the country’s 30th prime minister in today’s joint House/Senate meeting as far as those senators are concerned, the senatorial whip-associated source said.

In addition to a combined force of 314 MPs attached to 11 coalition partners led by the Pheu Thai under de facto boss Thaksin Shinawatra, the decisive number of the senators will likely endorse the real estate mogul-turned-prime ministerial contestant, known as personally associated with deposed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The pro-Srettha senators are mostly known as loyal to de facto Ruam Thai Sang Chart boss Prayut Chan-o-cha whose pro-military camp has already become one of the coalition partners, according to the source who only spoke on condition of anonymity.

Those yea-voting senators may make more than half the total of the unelected lawmakers, all of whom had been handpicked by Palang Pracharath leader Prawit “Uncle Pom” Wongsuwan and Prayut aka “Uncle Tu”.

Without need for “advice” of any sort directly from the “uncles”, those senators will almost certainly know whether they are going to cast a yea vote for or a nay vote against Srettha after they have listened to their whips who will take floor debate to speak either in support or censure of the top Pheu Thai candidate.

He is needing a minimum of 375 yea votes accounting for more than half the combined total of 498 MPs and 249 senators who are currently performing as lawmakers.

A relatively small number of senators may either cast nay votes or abstain from voting in today’s joint session.


Top and Front Page: Pheu Thai candidate for prime minister Srettha Thavisin. Both photos: Thai Rath

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