PPRP to meet on June 19 to pick new executives

PPRP to meet on June 19 to pick new executives

Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana speaks in Parliament on May 27, 2020. Mr Uttama, who is the acting Palang Pracharath Party leader, has called for the executive members to meet on June 19. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana speaks in Parliament on May 27, 2020. Mr Uttama, who is the acting Palang Pracharath Party leader, has called for the executive members to meet on June 19. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Acting executives of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) will hold a much-anticipated meeting on June 19 to set the date for a general assembly to elect a new batch of executives, said Paiboon Nititawan, an acting deputy party leader on Wednesday.

He said acting party leader Uttama Savanayana has called for the executives to meet on June 19, when the date for the election will be announced.

Mr Paiboon said the executives might propose to open the general assembly on June 3. 

He said the upcoming meeting is a welcome development and looks certain to help improve the atmosphere in the party, which has been gripped by tension in recent weeks as some factions in the ruling party push to have Mr Uttama and PPRP secretary-general Sontirat Sontijirawong replaced.

Mr Uttama has been criticised for not paying attention to party members, while Mr Sontirat is also seen as aloof and too connected to Mr Uttama.

Eighteen executives earlier handed in their resignation letters to the party to force an election of new board members, which is expected to result in the removal of Mr Uttama and Mr Sontirat from their posts.

The members are eagerly waiting for Mr Uttama to fix a date so they can prepare for the general assembly.

PPRP spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said that on behalf of the party, he apologised to people over the party's conflict.

He urged party members to stop criticising Mr Uttama, who is also finance minister, and Mr Sontirat, concurrently energy minister, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, head of the government's economic team under whom the two ministers are working — calling them "good and capable" individuals.



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