Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has denied knowing about a new political party to be founded to support Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as the next premier after the general election.
There were reports over the weekend that the Palang Pracha Rath (Power of Public State) Party, who sought permission from the Election Commission (EC) to be established earlier this month, would invite Prayut to become its party’s chief adviser, paving the way for him to be a candidate for prime minister after the election.
“Who is saying that? I do not know,” Prawit told Government House reporters on Monday.
Many people doubt that the new party would support Prayut for PM because its proposed name, Palang Pracha Rath, is also the name of the government’s initiative Pracha Rath, the public-private project aimed at boosting the economy and income of local communities throughout the Kingdom.
The party name was submitted to the EC by Chuan Choochan, a leader of the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market community.