Thailand: Leader of Bhumjaithai Party pledges support for PPRP

  • Anutin Charnvirakul, leader of the coalition’s Bhumjaithai Party, has pledged the party’s continued support for the Prayut administration.
  • He was responding to media reports that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on 11 Feb 22 asked him for support during an opposition-led House scrutiny debate scheduled to take place on 17/18 Feb 22.
  • Mr Anutin said it was a coalition partner’s job to work in support of the government and that the party would also support the prime minister in the upcoming debate.
  • Gen Prayut’s reported call for support came after a series of House sessions collapsed which he believes have been disruptive to government business.
  • Mr Anutin, however, refused to offer unequivocal support for Gen Prayut until the result of the Green Line concession extension was known.
  • Meanwhile, Gen Prayut on 14 Feb 22 denied singling out Mr Anutin and claimed instead that he had called on all members of the cabinet.
  • “I don’t remember when I said that. I asked everyone in the coalition government to help to move the country forward. There is no political issue,” he said.
  • Suchart Chomklin, the labour minister and director of the Palang Pracharath Party, expressed confidence that the coalition government would complete its term despite the expulsion of 21 PPRP MPs.

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