PPRP meet agenda yet to change
KHON KAEN: No change has been made to the agenda for the Friday general assembly of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) in this notheastern province, says Ekrarath Changlao, a party-list MP.
Mr Ekrarath, chairman of the party's strategic committee of the Northeast, said the meeting agenda had been set and so far, no other proposals had been made to add items. That included changes to the party's executive committee.
He was referring to reports the meeting might consider a proposal for Anucha Nakasai to be replaced by Thamanat Prompow as the party's secretary-general. Mr Anucha is a Prime Minister's Office minister and Mr Thamanat a deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister.
Mr Anucha is also a key figure in PPRP's Sam Mitr faction. The Sam Mitr group's attempt to get the energy portfolio in the previous cabinet reshuffle reportedly upset Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The group ended up with Mr Anucha being appointed the Prime Minister's Office Minister.
The group also is said to have recently upset Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, the party leader, after getting into a row with Deputy Labour Minister Narumon Pinyosinwat, also the party's treasurer and one of Gen Prawit's trusted aides.
With an early election looming, Gen Prawit is in dire need of revamping the party leadership and has called the June 18 meeting in Khon Kaen. Political observers are watching closely if the meeting will help Mr Anucha keep his seat.
Mr Ekrarath said the venue for the meeting is the Khon Kaen International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muang district. He said the number of party members to attend the meeting had been limited to 350. Party executives and members would arrive in Khon Kaen on June 17, and all would undergo screening procedures.