23 May 2024

The Pheu Thai party has retaliated against the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party by demanding that the Election Commission dissolve that party as well, following action taken against the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party.

Believed to be an eye for an eye move, the Pheu Thai party, which is closely affiliated with the troubled Thai Raksa Chart party, submitted a petition to the EC chairman accusing the Palang Racharat party of acts deemed to be hostile to democratic rule.

The Pheu Thai party’s allegations are that the Palang Pracharat party is associated with an attempt to set up a party illegally, misusing state positions for political gain and domination by vested interests.

The Pheu Thai party also objects to the Palang Pracharat party’s nomination of current Prime Minister Prayut as its prime ministerial candidate, claiming he is on the state payroll and, hence, his nomination breaches election law.

The Pheu Thai party party’s legal advisor, Mr. Winyat Chartmontri, warned that if the EC fails to consider the Pheu Thai party’s petition quickly his party would seek impeachment of the EC. Mr. Winyat did not refute conjecture that their move was an act of revenge.

He said that he had been watching the Palang Pracharat party closely and was taking action now because the party’s alleged misconduct was now too much and no longer acceptable.