General Prawit elected new leader of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat party

  • The election of General Prawit Wongsuwan, as the new leader of the ruling Palang Pracharat Party, will bring changes in the right direction for the party, said Education Minister Nuttapol Teepsuwan and Digital Economy and  Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta on Saturday.

The general assembly of the party elected General Prawit, the party’s chief strategist, as their new party leader, replacing Mr. Uttama Savanayana.  The assembly also elected a new executive board, new secretary-general, Mr. Anucha Nakasai and new treasurer, Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat.

General Prawit was not present for the vote, reportedly to avoid a direct confrontation with the so-called “See Kumarn” group, led by Mr. Uttama and Mr. Sontirat Sontirajiraongthe, the former party secretary-general, who were purged by rebel MPs loyal to General Prawit.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao said that most party members trust General Prawit, adding that the latter was instrumental in the party’s by-election win in Lampang province last Sunday.

Mr. Sontirat offered his good wishes to the new executive board and the party leader, hoping that they will be able to guide the country to prosperity.

Meanwhile, the party has changed its logo for the third time.  The new logo is three rings of red and blue, with the party’s name laid across triple rings to convey unity.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)