Outside PM is unlikely to happen


BANGKOK, 13 July 2015 – A member of the National Reform Council has publicly commented that the likelihood of a prime minister being directly appointed to the post, is remote.

NRC member Direk Teungfung said that Thailand’s current situation does not need an ‘outside’ prime minister, as Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is already responsible for this role.

Mr. Direk’s comment was made following reports that some political groups have been expressing their support for Deputy Defence Minister Gn. Udomdej Sitabutr to propose himself as a candidate after he retires from the military post in September.

Mr. Direk said that the concept of an appointed prime minister does not look viable nor necessary in the current circumstances.

He added that as charter drafting is now underway, an election is positively on the horizon — just as it was planned in the National Council for Peace and Order’s road map.