Aswin set to quit in bid for 2nd term

Aswin set to quit in bid for 2nd term

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang
Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang

Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang may step down as Bangkok governor next week to prepare his candidacy for a second term in office, according to a source at City Hall.

The governor and his team of political advisers met on Tuesday to complete Pol Gen Aswin's candidacy registration, the source said. Bangkok's gubernatorial election will be held on May 22.

The team has divided up canvassing tasks into relevant constituencies and campaign posters have been produced by the Rak Krunthep (Love Bangkok) group, a core supporter of Pol Gen Aswin.

Pol Gen Aswin is expected to contest the governor poll as an independent. However, the governor himself has kept tight-lipped about his prospects in seeking a second term.

If he decides to stand in the May 22 poll, he is likely to resign as governor on March 24 or 25.

Pol Gen Aswin has appointed a panel to follow up on the implementation of his policies. Several members of the Rak Krungthep group who planned to contest the Bangkok city council elections, also to be held on May 22, have taken part in projects such as offering free vaccinations or dredging waterways in various districts.

Meanwhile, Jirayu Huangsap, a Pheu Thai Party MP for Bangkok, and party members have accused Pol Gen Aswin of abusing his authority for political gain and called for an investigation.

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