PM gets more support for extra term

PM gets more support for extra term

'Backup plan' party affirms allegiance

Thanthornthep Yaem-uthai (second from right) is elected the party leader of Ruam Thai Sang Chart after a general assembly to vote for a new executive board on Thursday. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)
Thanthornthep Yaem-uthai (second from right) is elected the party leader of Ruam Thai Sang Chart after a general assembly to vote for a new executive board on Thursday. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

The Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party (Uniting Thais to Build the Nation) will ally itself with the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) to support Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha carry on as premier after the next election, said party founder Seksakol Atthawong, an aide to the prime minister.

Asked by reporters whether both parties will vie for votes at the next election even if they back Gen Prayut, Mr Seksakol said it should be left to voters to decide which party they will vote for.

But the two parties will be allies, Mr Seksakol said, adding that he personally respects Deputy Prime Minister and PPRP leader Prawit Wongsuwon.

"I confirm that there is no conflict [between the two parties]. If the PPRP is to support Gen Prayut for the same role once again, Ruam Thai Sang Chart will work in parallel to recruit more party members," Mr Seksakol said.

"Voters can vote for either the PPRP or Ruam Thai Sang Chart. We are allies because we will join the PPRP to back Gen Prayut to serve another term," he said.

"In the event Gen Prayut decides to wash his hands of politics, we will then look at other candidates."

Ruam Thai Sang Chart first received public attention early last year, after claims surfaced that the party was set up as an alternative to the PPRP, should it encounter legal troubles.

Mr Seksakol previously admitted the party is a backup plan in case the PPRP chooses to nominate another PM candidate in the next election, in light of the plot to topple Gen Prayut as PM in last September's censure debate and continued attempts to pressure him by MPs.

Meanwhile, Ruam Thai Sang Chart on Thursday held a general assembly to elect a new executive board.

Thanthornthep Yaem-uthai, was elected party leader while Thanadee Hongrattana-uthai was named the party's secretary-general. Thirapol Maliwan was elected as the party's treasurer and Chairat Chanthanadit was named as the party's registrar.

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