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Former Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has accepted an invitation to become Prime Minister of the new Sang Anakhot Thai (Building Thailand’s Future) party.
Party general secretary Sontirat Sontijirawong said on Sunday that Mr Somkid was ready to be the nominee after being approached for the job.
“But it’s still too early to officially announce a candidate for prime minister because it’s still unclear when the election will be held. Other parties haven’t declared their candidates yet either,” Mr. Sontirat.
Mr Sontirat, a former energy minister in the Prayut Chan-o-cha government, said the party was now sufficiently staffed and equipped, with a board elected at its general meeting last Wednesday.
The meeting signaled the party’s willingness to fully engage in politics, with a series of political activities to be organized in preparation for the elections, Sontirat said.
He said people from many walks of life have expressed interest in joining the party and the party plans to field candidates to run in all 400 constituencies across the country in the upcoming elections.
“People are in trouble, so we have to offer them an alternative,” Sontirat said.
At the general assembly of the party, Uttama Savanayana was elected leader of the party while Mr. Sontirat was appointed general secretary of the party.
Former Palang Pracharath (PPRP) party leader and general secretary, respectively, resigned from the ruling party and their ministerial posts in 2020 due to an internal dispute.
Mr. Somkid, who was then Deputy Prime Minister, also resigned from the government, citing health problems.
Addressing the gathering of party members and supporters at the general assembly in Nonthaburi, Mr Uttama said the party would invite Mr Somkid to run for the post of prime minister under the banner of the party, whose aim was to resolve economic difficulties.
He said the party has brought together specialists from the public and private sectors and members of the younger generation to serve the interest of the people.
The policies of the party were to strengthen the economy, empower human resources, and promote constructive politics, among others.
Stithorn Thananithichot, director of the Office of Innovation for Democracy at the King Prajadhipok Institute, told the Bangkok Post that Sang Anakhot Thai Party is another alternative party, while some of its cadres were once co-founders of the PPRP.
“At first sight, this party appears to be a fallback party for the PPRP,” Stithorn said before adding that he believed the party could also serve as an ally of the Pheu Thai party if the main party of opposition won a landslide victory in the elections. .
Mr. Stithorn said that Mr. Somkid has established himself as a scholar well versed in economics and also a well-connected personality with a lot of influence. “The type of politician like Mr. Somkid is rare,” Mr. Stithorn said.
Phichai Ratnatilaka Na Bhuket, a professor of political science at the National Institute of Development Administration, said he did not think Mr Somkid would offer anything new for economic development given that he was a former deputy prime minister in charge of economic affairs.
Mr. Phichai also predicted that the upcoming elections would see the blurring or elimination of political polarization, depending on how benefit sharing plays out among politicians.
“We could see the PPRP and Pheu Thai form a coalition government. Anything is possible, depending on the outcome of the poll and the negotiations that will follow,” Phichai said.
But Chaiyan Chaiyaporn, a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University, said Mr Somkid has what it takes to become head of government as his economic prowess will be a great boon to revitalizing the country. economy affected by Covid-19.