11 July 2024

Former Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat told the media, on his first day back in parliament after six-month absence today, that his next destination is Government House.

The party-list MP was cleared of owning 43,000 shares in a media company, in violation of the Constitution, by a majority vote of the Constitutional Court yesterday.

During his absence from parliament, as initially ordered by the Constitutional Court, Pita said he spent most of his time meeting people around the country and listening to their problems.

He said that he will join a debate in parliament tomorrow, on a motion proposed by the Bhumjaithai party, by raising the issue of uncollected garbage and garbage management in Samut Prakan and Phuket.

Asked when he will resume the party leader’s post, Pita said that his responsibility is now as the advisor to party leader Chaithawat Tulathon, adding that the general meeting of the party in April will decide on the new leader.

Asked about another pending court case against the Move Forward party, over its policy to amend the lèse majesté law, he said that he feels the same as he did about the iTV share ownership case, adding that the case is, however, now beyond the party’s control.

He went on to say that he will not sue political activist Ruangkrai Leekitwattana, who initiated the iTV shareholding case against him, because the matter is settled and he would rather concentrate on today and the future.

Unshaken by the court’s ruling, Ruangkrai said today that he will ask the Election Commission to investigate the shareholdings of MPs, senators and ministers, as well as their spouses and children.

He said he believes that many of these people may own shares and have not declared them to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.