Somkid calls for an end to PPRP discord

Somkid calls for an end to PPRP discord

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak yesterday called for an end to infighting after he was asked about reports of a power struggle within the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), the leader of the governing coalition.

Mr Somkid made the statement amid reports of pressure for a cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Somkid told reporters that the kingdom needs a good political climate, which is vital to its economic and social interests. He said now is the time for all sides to work together and create a favourable political climate to foster good economic and social conditions.

There have been reports of comments made by various people, he added, noting he did not know which ones are true. He said the political situation would be more conducive if people spoke less about unconstructive things.

The country wanted good people to handle politics. “But, as it had happened, good and honest people could not stay in politics,’’ Mr Somkid said. This included Kobsak Pootrakul, a former prime minister’s office minister.

“Why not ask me about good news like the rehabilitation of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority?” he said.

When asked about whether he has eyed anyone to help him with economic matters, Mr Somkid said: “All good people are welcome.”

Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana, acting PPRP leader, said the party is preparing for a meeting with its executives to schedule the selection of the party’s new team of executives.

Suvit Maesincee, Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Minister, meanwhile, said a meeting about forming a party with Mr Kobsak could take place between with Mr Uttama and Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong.

He was responding to reports about the three of them breaking away from the PPRP to form the new party.

“We will be working until the last minute,” Mr Suvit said. “We have many thoughts which we will have to discuss.”

“It will be up to the PM whether [Mr Uttama and Mr Sontirat] and I will be allowed to remain in the cabinet,” Mr Suvit said.

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