Paiboon seeks junta permission for party meeting
Former reformer and founder of the People’s Reform Party, Paiboon Nititawan, has submitted a request to the junta for the party to proceed with a meeting. In doing so, he has become the first to ask for the junta’s permission in regard to administrative work for a new political party.
Paiboon said he submitted the request via the EC yesterday, and expects that the party can hold the first party meeting for its members at the end of this month.
The list of party leader, secretary-general and its executive members would become clear at the meeting, he said.
Paiboon’s party is among the first to have pre-registered with the EC since it began accepting applications from new political parties late last week. The EC will have 30 days to check and verify documents as well as the qualifications of party members as submitted before moving to the next process, which is registering parties.
Paiboon said his party is of the people, consisting of people from various fields including retired generals. The party has three prime goals to push: religious reforms, political reforms, and leveling up people’s power with people’s councils set up nationwide. It would also follow the national strategy, he added.
Paiboon did not hesitate to say that his party still stands firm on supporting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to take the premier post again after the election. He said Prayut is an honest man and capable of running the country, compared with other choices.
Ket red-shirt leader Nattawut Saikua, meanwhile, said it’s good that there are new faces showing up and offering themselves as choices for the people. However, setting up a political party required several more processes, which were not as easy as first thought.
As some had expressed their clear stance of supporting an outsider PM, those favouring democracy should not hesitate to show their stance, as in the near future it would be a battle between these two schools of thought.
At the moment, it was too early for red-shirts leader to express their political views, but basically any parties or groups supporting democracy, including Pheu Thai, would win their support, he said.