Connect with us

Hot News

Democrats decide today if they’ll walk away from Palang Pracharat coalition




A meeting of Democrat MPs today will either re-enforce the loose coalition with Palang Pracharat or walk away from the arrangement. If either the Democrats or Bhumjaithai walk away from the coalition it will leave the government in minority in the new parliament.

Palang Pracharat have made it openly clear over the weekend they want to reclaim a number of key portfolios that it promised to its coalition partners as part of a deal to secure their votes for their prime ministerial candidate last Wednesday. But once the vote was over and Prayut Chan-o-cha elected to the PM position, rumbles emerged from factions within Palang Pracharat that said they wanted the ministries back.

But rather than discussing if they are going to hand back the posts to Palang Pracharat, the meeting is to name the best people in their party to take over the positions of Minister for Agriculture and Commerce.

The Democrats had been promised the agriculture, commerce and social development ministries in the deal. Meanwhile the Bhumjaithai Party looked set to secure the Transport Ministry.

The rumblings from inside Palang Pracharat are from the ‘Sam Mitr’ (Three Allies) faction who have been adamant that they needed to take back the posts that the party had promised its coalition partners. They said the Democrats and Bhumjaithai could be offered junior ministries instead.

A Democrat source has told the media that Palang Pracharat had agreed to hand a deputy PM post as well as three cabinet seats – agriculture, commerce and social development – to the party as part of the deal last Tuesday to secure the Democrats and Bhumjaithai votes for the new PM. Bhumjaithai, all along, said they would side with the Democrats, whichever way they decided, and also voted for Prayut as prime minister having being offered the Transport portfolio.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Hot News21 mins ago

Australia charges Chinese nationals in US online scam totalling over US$100 million in losses

Hot News38 mins ago

US to send Ukraine anti-drone military aid package worth US$275 million

Thailand15 hours ago

Woman goes bananas after children steal her fruit and sues them for 24,000 baht

Sponsored2 days ago

Top 5 Backlink Agencies in Bangkok for Your Business

China15 hours ago

China says Covid has weakened as it announces loosening of strict policies

Thailand15 hours ago

Dog carries baby’s corpse out of a forest in eastern Thailand

Events16 hours ago

Travis Scott to headline Rolling Loud Thailand festival

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand16 hours ago

9 year old boy rescued after falling into 2-metre deep well

Thailand16 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Sexy Thai model exposed as an identity thief and transwoman

South16 hours ago

Whale washes up on beach in South Thailand

Transport17 hours ago

Last jumbo – the last Boeing 747 leaves the gate

Weather17 hours ago

Bangkok could hit lows of 18°C next week

Thailand17 hours ago

Geminids meteor shower predicted to hit Thailand on December 14 

Crime17 hours ago

Kuwaiti overstayer busted in Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

Thailand17 hours ago

What next for Bali as Indonesia bans sex?

Thailand17 hours ago

Jailed politician erects billboard to wish voters Happy New Year

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11