By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT Chan-o-cha today (Mar.9) downplayed a Palang Pracharath campaign slogan which says “Step Beyond Conflict” and is being repeatedly cited by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
Prayut, who is contesting an upcoming general election to prolong his rule under the Ruam Thai Sang Chart tickets, told reporters at Government House he has seen no conflict brewing in the political arena where differences of opinion may usually remain.
Prayut apparently shrugged off the “Step Beyond Conflict” catchphrase repeatedly cited by the Palang Pracharath boss whom he said he invariably regards as “brother.”
Prayut and Prawit have fostered close and congenial “fraternal” ties since both used to serve in the same Burapa Payak army barracks and were finally promoted as army chief at separate intervals.
The Ruam Thai Sang Chart partisan contender for prime minister insisted that there be no more coup in the future and that the one which he himself orchestrated as army chief in 2014 should be the last.
Prawit who is also running as the sole Palang Pracharath contestant for head of a post-election government has repeatedly encouraged members of the public to “step beyond the conflict” as he and his party’s rank and file already have.
In a recent posting on his Facebook page, Prawit pledged to manage to find some compromise between both ends of the country’s political spectrum if he is eventually voted as prime minister after the nationwide election.
The “Step Beyond Conflict” catchphrase apparently refers to the one which has taken deep roots in all sectors of society between conservatism and liberalism, according to the Palang Pracharath boss.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, right, and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, left, above, and the Prime Minister talking to reporters at Government House, Front Page. Both photos: Thai Rath