Prayut declares he is interested in entering politics

Prayut declares he is interested in entering politics

After keeping people guessing about his political future, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has finally admitted he is interested in entering politics. (Government House Photo.)
After keeping people guessing about his political future, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has finally admitted he is interested in entering politics. (Government House Photo.)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has finally admitted he is interested in entering the political fray, after previously keeping mum about his political ambitions.

"I am interested in politics because I love my country, as other Thais do. But that's all I can tell you for today. I'll let you know later how I will decide and who I will support,'' Gen Prayut told reporters at Government House on Monday.

Asked about a cabinet reshuffle, Gen Prayut, also chief of the National Council for Peace and Order, said that no cabinet shake-up was on the cards.

The prime minister had earlier said he would clarify his political future this month, after the last two organic laws on the election of MPs and on the Senate were published in the Royal Gazette and the ban on political parties was eased.

The two acts were royally endorsed on Sept 12. The law on the Senate became effective the following day, while the law on the election of MPs will take effect 90 days after its publication. 

During a visit to London on June 21, Gen Prayut told Bloomberg new agency that he would make his political future clear this month.

Gen Prayut also said he would have to consider which party he would join to ensure that his policies are continued by the next administration.


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