By Thai Newsroom Reporters
CARETAKER PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha will be nowhere on the Ruam Thai Sang Chart party list of electoral candidates running for MP whilst seeking to retain power under the ultra-conservative party’s banners in the May 14 general election, partisan sources confirmed today (Mar.28).
Neither will Paetongtarn Shinawatra or Settha Taweesin be put on the Pheu Thai party list in the nationwide election, the partisan sources said.
Prayut who has been usually critical of the elected legislative branch has finally decided to deny the Ruam Thai Sang Chart party-listed mode and is only contesting under the ultra-conservative party’s tickets for head of a post-election government.
So are Paetongtarn, daughter of de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra, and Settha running to take the helm of government under the Pheu Thai tickets without being put on the Pheu Thai party list.
That definitely means Prayut, Paetongtarn and Settha will not become MP after the general election no matter whether they might possibly be voted for prime minister in a post-election, joint House/Senate session though they could otherwise have seen themselves top the list of partisan candidates in concurrent fashion.
It remains to be seen whether Palang Pracharath leader Prawit Wongsuwan will also avoid the party-listed mode whilst reportedly being the sole partisan contender for prime minister.
None of those prominent figures has ever been an elected lawmaker.
Top and Front Page: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra.
Insert: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Settha Taweesin. All photos: Matichon