Prawit Wongsuwan officially named Palang Pracharat’s only candidate for PM  

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 16, 2019 Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan (C) leaves Government House before the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Palang Pracharath Party Leader Prawit Wongsuwan was formally nominated as the party’s sole candidate for next prime minister at its general meeting on Friday.

Wirat Rattanaseth, a deputy party leader, told the media that party members were unanimous in their choice of General Prawit, who is also a deputy prime minister, as the sole candidate for Thailand’s 30th premiership. They claim to be confident that Prawit will be the next prime minister, following the party’s last candidate, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is the current prime minister.

He urged all party members to join the party’s fund-raising meeting, scheduled for January 30th, during which, he said, the party will announce its priority policy to push for a monthly subsidy of 700 baht for state welfare card holders.

“700 baht across the country” or “Pom (General Prawit’s nickname) 700” will be used as the party’s election campaign slogan, said Wirat.

According to the latest information, there are 13.2 million state welfare card holders. Currently, each of them is receiving 200-baht a month.

Paibul Nititawan, another deputy leader, explained that the party unanimously agreed to nominate the party’s sole premiership candidate ahead of the other parties in order to make it clear to the people who it is that aspires to be Thailand’s 30th prime minister.

The Palang Pracharath party is the first to formally name its candidate.

The party also appointed three new executive committee members, namely Sakoltee Phattiyakul, Boonsing Warinrak and Apichai Taechaubol, to replace Suchart Chomklin, Anucha Nakasai and Surasit Nitivutvorrarak who resigned.


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