By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER-DESIGNATE Pita Limjaroenrat said today (June 6) caretaker prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is yet to be held accountable for whatever loss and damage which he may have caused to the people and country over the last nine years.
At a press conference, the Move Forward leader confirmed Prayut will undoubtedly be held accountable since he rose to power by way of the 2014 coup and ran the country as an unelected head of government up to now.
As army chief, Prayut seized power, named himself head of a military-installed government and exercised absolute power to cope with varied political, social and economic issues at the expense of democratic rule and human rights principles, among others. The coup leader-turned-prime minister was then named the unelected head of a Palang Pracharath-led coalition government following the 2019 election.
Pita was apparently referring to events in which Prayut had allegedly mismanaged economic issues at the cost of the people’s interests and was too heavy-handed with pro-democracy street activists, many of whom had been arrested and detained, among other matters of public and national interests, since he rose to power nine years ago.
Pita confirmed Prayut will be legally bound to take responsibility for his own deeds which may have practically incurred losses and damage to the people and country.
“There will be nothing personal about the established process under which Prayut will be held accountable for whatever he may have done. There’ll be no personal revenge against him as may have been earlier anticipated,” the Move Forward leader said without elaborating.
Not only Prayut who contested the May 14 election in vain to prolong his rule but all other leaders are legally bound to be held responsible for their own deeds which may have more or less affected the interests of the people and country, according to the prime minister-designate.
Caretaker prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, left, and Move Forward leader and prime minister candidate Pita Limjaroenrat, right. Both photos by Matichon and merged by Thai Newsroom