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Junta supporters, Palang Pracharat party, raises 650 million baht at banquet

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The pro-military Palang Pracharat party had the first of their big fund-raisers last night and raised an estimated 650 million baht – 50 million baht more than their initial projection.

The banquet was held last night at the Impact Muang Thong Thanee convention hall.

Almost 2,000 guests, mostly business people and politicians from different parties, attended the event to fill the 200 tables. Each table had a price tag of three million baht.

A spokesperson says the party will cross-check each of the donations to make sure that they conform with the regulations of the Election Commission and the Political Party Act.

The party’s deputy leader Natthaphol Teepsuwan played MC for the fund-raising event in place of party leader Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana following a suggestion from Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, the government’s top legal hand. The deputy PM recommended that key party members, who still hold Cabinet posts, should avoid taking to the podium in order not to risk violating the Constitution and law regarding fund raising.

During his address, Natthaphol said Palang Pracharat party would not bring the country back to the state about five years ago when it was saddled with extreme political divide, but would strive to forge ahead for a better future for Thailand.

Although the party is newly established, he said it has several former national administrators and several former MPs who are honest and ready to work for the good of the country and the people.

 

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