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Focus on work, not election campaign, ex-MP tells Prayut

Jul 21. 2018
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By The Nation

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A former Pheu Thai MP for Ubon Ratchathani said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha should focus on his work, not campaign for the election, when he holds a Cabinet retreat in the northeastern province next week.

Prayut and his ministers are scheduled to visit Ubon Ratchathani province on Monday and Tuesday for a mobile Cabinet meeting.

Chuwit Pithakpornpallop, a former Pheu Thai MP from the province, said he was happy that the Cabinet would be visiting the province but said he would not be present to welcome the prime minister.

Chuwit said if any former MP were present to welcome Prayut and the Cabinet, it would be clear that the politician would be supporting the junta chief as the next prime minister.

Chuwit said he would like to ask the prime minister how the people of Ubon Ratchathani had benefited after the Cabinet meeting held there in 2015.

Chuwit said he would like to call on the government to give priority to developing the Chong Mek border checkpoint in Sirindhorn district as a special economic zone and also build a bridge across the Mekong River in Na Tai district. He said these were projects the government had promised during the last mobile Cabinet meeting in the province.

“Don’t come to seek popularity or try to woo former MPs to join the Palang Pracharat Party,” Chuwit said. The party is seen as pro-military and supports the re-election of Prayut as prime minister.

“My fellow-Ubon Ratchathani people should monitor this to see who would stay with Pheu Thai and who would defect to Palang Pracharat.”

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