The Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat was suspended as an MP and his hopes of becoming Thailand’s next PM were thoroughly dashed. The leader of the party which won the most votes in Thailand’s May 14 general election has been denied the opportunity to govern the country.
The Move Forward leader took to Instagram to concede that now is not the time for him to be elected PM.
“In the current system, it is apparent that I did not win enough hearts from people to lead this country. Perhaps, it is not enough to propose my name in the second round of voting for PM.”
Lawmakers were still debating if his name could be re-submitted as a PM candidate, when the Move Forward leader announced that he would abide by the Constitutional Court’s decision to suspend him as an MP.
He then gave a goodbye speech in which he urged parliamentarians to take care of the people. He pointed out that Thailand is no longer the same country since May 14, a reminder to all those present of the decisive general election result.
“Thailand has changed since May 14.”
Pita then removed his MP ID card, placing it on the table and walking out to a round of applause. It was a crushing disappointment for his party and its supporters.
“I would like to use this opportunity to bid farewell. Until we meet again.”
Yesterday, seven out the 9 judges at the Constitutional Court decided to temporarily suspend Pita as an MP, pending the outcome of the media shareholding case against him.
SOURCE: Nation Thailand