Four co-founders of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) have announced their resignations as party members following a power struggle within the party.
The resignations of the four, particularly former party leader Uttama Savayanaya, have long been speculated after party’s executive committee members resigned in an apparent move to remove them.
Uttama, who is currently the Finance Minister, told reporters in a press conference on Thursday that his role in the PPRP ended but his ministerial duty remained.
Minister of Energy Sonthirat Sonthijirawongse, Minister of Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Suvit Maesincee and deputy secretary to prime minister Kobsak Pootrakul, were also present at the press conference. They were technocrats who founded PPRP prior to the election in order to support PM Prayut.
They all rejected speculation that they would form another political party but rather focus on the daunting tasks facing the government.
Commenting on the possibility that they might be sacked from ministerial posts, Sonthirat said the power to reshuffle the Cabinet minister belonged to Prime Minister Prayut. (TNA)