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(R) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and (L) Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan

When straightforward replies should have been preferred but are replaced instead with elusiveness, it’s safe to assume that something is amiss. Over the past few days, both Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and one of his most powerful backers, Prawit Wongsuwan, were vague about their relationship, which will be under intense public scrutiny going into the next general election.


Their ambiguity is one of the developments in November that indicated both men may be drifting apart. Last month, the two men, on separate occasions, avoided giving a simple “Yes” or “No” to the question of whether Prayut would join the newly-formed Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party, a scenario that could affect Prawit’s Palang Pracharath Party when it comes to nominating the next prime minister.


Prayut, when asked if he would become a Ruam Thai Sang Chart member, said he was aware of the speculation and was “thinking about it”. Prawit was even more elusive. Asked who Palang Pracharath will support as the next prime minister, Prawit said his party’s board has not formally decided. Asked if it would be him, he said he was the party leader who wouldn’t go against party members’ wishes. Asked if it would be Prayut again, he said: “Don’t worry. Don’t worry.” On whether Prayut would join and lead Ruam Thai Sang Chart before the next election, he said: “It seems this question is for him, not me. For us, there’s no problem.”


Also last month, at a Palang Pracharath gathering, its politicians whispered among themselves uncertainties facing their party, and unconfirmed reports said some outstanding election candidates were even asked to write down on the paper their commitment to the party. This was taking place amid defections or rumoured plans to leave by certain MPs whereas Ruam Thai Sang Chart is recruiting.


Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/prayut-prawit-at-crossroads/



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14 hours ago, Will B Good said:

Prayut, Prawit at crossroads.......I do hope there isn't one of those 28 tonne trucks with faulty brakes heading their way.

Actually I hope there is, and it's over-loaded.

  • Haha 1
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