6 June 2024

Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krea-ngam has advised the Move Forward party to use “diplomatic means” to woo support, especially among senators, for approval for its leader Pita Limjaroenrat to become prime minister, instead of resorting to harsh criticism or condemnation.

Speaking to the media on Thursday morning, the government’s top legal expert said that that the potential coalition line up, led by Move Forward, which now has about 313 votes in the Lower House, can become a very solid government, but they still need the support of senators for the appointment of its prime ministerial candidate and, again, for constitutional amendments.

He reiterated his earlier advice that sweet talking and extending an olive branch will overcome all the obstacles, saying there is no need to rush as they have about three months, 60 days for the endorsement of all the MPs-elect and another 30 days for the formation of the government.

He said the Move Forward party should make use of this period to approach, diplomatically, senators and others for their support.

The issue of appointing the prime minister, said Dr. Wissanu, is not complicated and there are still many other issues which are more complicated and need support from other people.

He said that, even if Pita is not approved at the first joint sitting of parliament, he can still be nominated countless times until enough is enough and the name of a new candidate is submitted for approval.