Poramet resigns as Pattaya Deputy Mayor to run as MP

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Pattaya Deputy Mayor Poramet Ngampichet resigned his post to run as an MP in the upcoming election.
Pattaya Deputy Mayor Poramet Ngampichet resigned his post to run as an MP in the upcoming election.

Pattaya Deputy Mayor Poramet Ngam­pichet resigned his post to run again as an MP, this time for the military-backed Palang Pracharat Party in March’s general election.

Appointed in September by Mayor Son­thaya Kunplome, who himself was appointed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Palang Pacharat’s party boss, Poramet, 47, previously served in the lower house under Kunplome’s Palang Chon Party banner. His seat was vacated by the 2014 military coup.

In an online post, Poramet thanked Sonthaya for giving him the four-month opportunity to do good for Pattaya.

Poramet told the media that he has always aspired to be in national politics, although he has never held a Cabinet position as his father had. He said he took the deputy mayor job because, at the time, it was uncertain when a new election would be held.