Chartpattana Party 'faces cabinet snub'

Chartpattana Party 'faces cabinet snub'

It is possible that no members of the Chartpattana Party will be invited to join the next cabinet, according to a source at the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP).

The source told the Bangkok Post that no one from Chartpattana had been selected for the cabinet line-up so far. "However, the final say rests with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha," said the source.

The previously medium-size party gained only three MPs in the March 24 election.

According to the source, the party's director Chalitrat Chandrubeksa was seen arriving at Government House on June 14 and he reportedly proposed the name of party leader Tewan Liptapallop to join the cabinet.

As for the small parties, normally five MPs would translate to one cabinet seat, the source added.

Meanwhile, Wissanu Krea-ngam, deputy prime minister in charge of legal affairs, said background checks had begun for those chosen to be cabinet members.

He admitted that tougher screening is required following a flurry of petitions seeking checks on the eligibility of MPs and senators.

The scrutiny of the cabinet line-up can be split into two aspects, he said -- eligibility according to the law and general suitability.

Mr Wissanu reportedly is also tipped to join the next government. However, he said he has not yet received the papers for his background check.

PPRP executives will hold a meeting today to decide whether five party MPs chosen to join the next cabinet will have to vacate their MP positions, according to the camp's source.

Two of the five are party deputy leader Nattapol Teepasuwan and government spokesman Buddhipongse Punnakanta. "There is a need for the two to work as MPs to coordinate with the coalition parties," the source said.

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