6 June 2024

Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul insisted today (Friday) that his party will not join any government that includes Move Forward, due to its campaign promise to review the lèse majesté law.

Anutin, whose party has 71 House seats, said, however, that Pheu Thai has not yet invited his party to join the government.

As Move Forward were forming a governing coalition after it won the most House seats in the general election, Anutin said many times that his party would never join their administration.

The baton of forming the government is now being passed to Pheu Thai, after Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat failed to secure enough parliamentary votes to become prime minister.

Pheu Thai has stressed, however, that the eight-party coalition, which includes Move Forward, is still on.

“To be clear, it is only Move Forward that has this policy and it has shown no intention of backing off from its position. The party, its core members and supporters, on the contrary, have intensified their campaign to amend the law. They listen to no one, even though they realise that the issue has caused conflicts in the country,” Anutin said.

We will turn down any offer from Pheu Thai for Bhumjaithai to join a coalition government which includes Move Forward, Anutin insisted.