Priewpan doesn't want PT leadership

Former police chief Priewpan Damapong affirmed on Monday he will not take the leadership of the Pheu Thai Party even though he may be nominated for the post.

Pol Gen Priewpan said this after he and 23 former Class 10 graduates of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School applied for membership of the ruling Pheu Thai Party.

Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

They were greeted on arrival at the party's offices by Pol Lt-Gen Viroj Pao-in, the acting party leader, who gave each of them a jacket bearing the party logo before calling a press conference.

Pol Gen Priewpan said he wants to help Pheu Thai tackle the problems of drugs and security.

He said he would definitely not accept the party leadership, even though he might be nominated. He said he did not fit the position.

Asked whether he would accept the post of deputy prime minister overseeing the illegal drugs issue, Pol Gen Priewpan said he was not in the position to comment on the possibility of taking a cabinet post.

He said he is currently an adviser to Pol Lt-Gen Chaiwat Chotima, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), and in this position he was already able to help tackle the drug problem.

Pol Gen Priewpan said he applied for Pheu Thai membership himself, not at the persuasion of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

As for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, his former brother in law, he said he had not talked to the former premier in a long time.

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