The Deputy secretary-general attached to the PM and government spokesman, Puttipong Punnakanta, has resigned from the government to run in the election with pro-junta party Phalang Pracharat.
The resignation took effect on Tuesday. Government watchers say the decision is to avoid any complaints that could ensue should he continue in the government while also directing the election strategy for the party.
Puttipong is expected to run as a list MP under Phalang Pracharat – the pro-junta party on which he sits as an executive member.
No new spokesman had been assigned by Tuesday morning. A source close to the government revealed that press briefings would be done by the spokesman team.
Puttipong is the fifth person to resign from the government to work full time with Phalang Pracharat Party.
Resigning after an outcry over their potential conflict of interest were former Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana, Commerce Minister Sonthirat Sontijirawong, Science and Technology Minister Suvit Maesincee, along with PM’s Office Minister Kobsak Pootrakool.