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Merger of People Reform with Phalang Pracharat awaits EC decision

Merger of People Reform with Phalang Pracharat awaits EC decision

SATURDAY, August 24, 2019
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Coalition leader Phalang Pracharat secretary-general said its merger with the one-MP People Reform Party is awaiting the Election Commission (EC)’s decision. 

The People Reform Party was dissolved after its executive board announced that it was discontinuing politics, while its leader and party-list MP Paibool Nititawan announced that he would join Phalang Pracharat to hold on to his MP status.
However, this plan was met with disagreement from the Opposition for fear that the votes received by People Reform Party will be added to Phalang Pracharat’s gained votes and this might lead to a recalculation of the number of party-list MPs the coalition leader will have at the cost of other parties. 
Meanwhile, Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong, secretary-general of Phalang Pracharat, said the merger has to be held off until the EC makes a decision. 
As for Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan’s choice as chair of the party’s strategic committee, Sontirat said the party will be able to move forward with Prawit’s help.