Jurin says Democrats ready for gubernatorial election

Jurin says Democrats ready for gubernatorial election

๋ีDemocrat Party leader Jurin Laksanawisit (Commerce Ministry photo)
๋ีDemocrat Party leader Jurin Laksanawisit (Commerce Ministry photo)

The Democrat Party will field a candidate in the still unscheduled Bangkok gubernatorial election, party leader Jurin Laksanavisit said on Tuesday.

Mr Jurin, who is deputy prime minister and also commerce minister in the Prayut Chan-o-cha government, said a candidate would run for city governor under the Democrat Party banner, and would be an executive of the "new generation".

He declined to name the candidate, saying only that the person is already well-known to Bangkok people.

Asked if the candidate would be as interesting as two other people tipped to contest the job, Chadchart Sittipunt, a former transport minister in the Yingluck Shinawatra government, and Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, a former police chief, Mr Jurin replied: "Certainly."

Mr Chadchart and Pol Gen Chakthip are both said to be keen on getting the post.

Mr Jurin said the Democrat Party also intended to field candidates for the City Council in all 50 Bangkok districts. The party had already picked 40 candidates, and selection was continuing.

They would include lawyers and businesspeople of the new generation, as well as former city councilors who were still loyal to the party, he said.

Meanwhile, the cabinet on Tuesday passed a resolution providing for the election of tambon administration organisations nationwide this year. The date will be fixed by the Election Commission.

The cabinet has not yet approved elections for the Bangkok governor and Pattaya City mayor.

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