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Outgoing PM calls for peaceful and prompt transition of power

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Thailand’s caretaker PM has called for the formation of a new government to be peaceful and prompt. Asked if he’ll try for another term as PM if he gets the backing of MPs and senators, Prayut Chan-o-cha insists he will not.

“No. Not at all.”

The PM was responding to questions at a press conference held at Government House yesterday, June 29, according to a Nation Thailand report. Prayut says he will continue in his prime ministerial capacity until there is a new Cabinet in place, adding that he can’t say how long that will take.

“I’ve repeatedly said I must be acting PM until the new Cabinet is sworn in. It could be a month more. They have their schedule. If everything is postponed, I’ll remain acting PM. If everything goes smoothly, I’ll leave in accordance with the schedule.”

Following the state opening of Parliament on July 3, the House Speaker will be elected, a subject that appears to be creating tensions between the Move Forward and Pheu Thai parties, both of which want the role.

Prayut says he doesn’t know if his United Thai Nation Party will seek to nominate a candidate for the Speaker role, but says a new government should be formed without delay, to avoid damaging the country.

“I am happy with all MPs and parties. Please help make the country peaceful and safe. Please adhere to the principles of protecting the nation, religion and monarchy. I don’t want to see problems and I don’t want it to be delayed, as it would cause damage. We’ll lose opportunities and a crisis could occur and that will not bode well for anyone.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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