Prayut Chan-o-cha not keen on minority government post-election

PHOTO: Prayut Chan-o-cha (Facebook)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha affirmed his preference for a majority government in the upcoming May 14 election, despite the constitution permitting the formation of a minority government. In an exclusive interview, the 67 year old, who is also the United Thai Nation (UTN) Party’s chief strategist and top prime ministerial candidate, explained that the formation of the next government would rely on negotiations between parties following the election results.

The prime minister brushed off recent opinion polls that placed the UTN behind rivals like Pheu Thai, describing such polls as unreliable indicators. He expressed confidence in his party’s ability to secure a sufficient number of seats to form a government.

Addressing doubts about forming an alliance with the Palang Pracharath Party, Prayut was noncommittal, asserting that any partnership would depend on various factors. He reiterated his readiness to work with those who act for the well-being of the country, religion, and monarchy.

Regarding fiscal policies, Prayut expressed disapproval of cash handouts funded by taxpayers, arguing for maintaining fiscal discipline. He highlighted the importance of decentralising power, investing in provincial development, and promoting organic farming and “smart” farmers.

Upgrading Thailand from a middle-income to a high-income nation is a goal he acknowledged might take time but asserted would be achievable with gradual, stable change. Prayut also confirmed his commitment to continuing his work, ensuring the continuity of existing initiatives.

At the conclusion of the interview, Prayut insisted on the importance of retaining military conscription in the interests of national defence. Though the rules have been revised, he emphasised the constitutional mandate for Thai men to serve in the military and the need for preparedness in the face of geopolitical shifts.

Politics NewsThailand Election NewsThailand News

Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

Related Articles