Thailand: Prayut scoffs at ‘Dhanin for PM’ article

  • Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has brushed aside a South China Morning Post (SCMP) article on 9 May 19, which claim that billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont, senior chairman of Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group, will be named prime minister in a coalition government.
  • According to the SCMP article, Mr Dhanin resigned as chairman of the board from SET-listed Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) Plc, Thailand’s largest agriculture conglomerate on 24 Apr 19, “citing ‘other duties’ that kept him from remaining in the position.
  • The story went on to say that two theories have been prevalent in local media: either Mr Dhanin will be named prime minister in a coalition government should an elected cabinet fail to take shape, or Mr. Dhanin might be named among the 250 senators hand-picked by the regime who have the power to vote for a prime minister.
  • CP Group, in a letter to the SCMP after the article was published, said Mr Dhanin’s resignation was part of a “gradual succession management process” and that “it was not as the article suggested for Mr. Dhanin to pursue a political career in any form.”

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