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Saturday, July 20, 2024

Thai PM ready to explain Wissanu’s appointment to Pheu Thai MPs

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said today that he is ready to explain, to Pheu Thai party members, his decision to appoint former Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam as an advisor attached to the secretariat of the PM’s Office, without an official position, salary or formal asset declaration.

The appointment of Wissanu, a deputy prime minister in the Prayut administration for about eight years, has reportedly caused some disquiet among MPs, who see the appointment of an outsider as bypassing the party’s legal experts.

The prime minister said Wissanu is now screening his rebuttal statement, to be submitted to the Constitutional Court on Monday in defence of the charge against him, by a group of 40 senators, that he appointed Phichit Chuenban as the PM Office minister despite his tainted record.

Phichit has already resigned.

The prime minister explained that he did not avoid Pheu Thai party meetings in order to avoid confronting his detractors over Wissanu’s appointment, adding that he will meet with the MPs when parliament reconvenes after the long recess.

He stressed that it is his duty to provide an explanation, if some party MPs are unhappy with his decisions, so they can work in harmony.

It was the prime minister’s decision to approach Wissanu and ask him to assist with some legal affairs. Initially, he offered Wissanu a deputy prime minister position. He declined but agreed to be an advisor, without an official position or government salary.

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