Thailand’s outgoing PM has implied that he doesn’t see any possibility of him returning to power for another term. Prayut Chan-o-cha was addressing reporters who asked about his future political plans.
The Bangkok Post reports that the caretaker PM appeared amused by suggestions that smaller political parties could nominate him for PM should the Move Forward and Pheu Thai parties fail to form a successful coalition.
“Don’t think that far ahead.”’
Prayut declined to speculate on the chances of the coalition coming together, saying he’s not involved and is focused on his role in the current caretaker administration. He has also stated that he’s not concerned about being investigated after he leaves office.
The Move Forward Party and Pheu Thai Party came first and second respectively in the May 14 general election, and are currently in talks to form a coalition with 6 other smaller parties.
Meanwhile, expat favourite and outgoing health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has given his first interview since the general election. He also leads the Bhumjaithai Party, which came in third in the election.
In response to questions about his recent meeting with Pheu Thai MP Srettha Thavisin, in the UK, he has denied the meeting was part of a “secret deal” to allow former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, currently in exile, to return to Thailand.
Speculation began after Anutin and Srettha were photographed together at a football match, with outspoken former massage parlour tycoon Chuvit Kamolvisit accusing both politicians of negotiating plans in the event that Move Forward fail to get the required number of House seats to form a government.
Chuvit claims a secret deal was being discussed and was called “come home”, in relation to the ousted Thaksin, who has confirmed he will return to Thailand next month. Anutin has shrugged off the claims, insisting his party believes the party that won the election should be allowed to form a coalition government.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post