By THE NATION
Nine small coalition parties yesterday vowed to continue their support for the Prayut Chan-o-cha government, even after the Thai Civilised Party (TCP) withdrew its support.
The nine, many of which have only one MP, issued a joint statement at a press conference declaring their stance. The parties claim they have never bargained for power with the coalition.
Some said they were still ready to field their non-MP members to take up appointees’ jobs in the new government. The new Constitution bars MPs from taking governmental jobs.
All nine said they respected TCP leader Mongkholkitti Suksintharanont’s decision to ditch the coalition and would remain friendly with him.
New Palang Dharma Party leader Rawee Maschamadol said the nine parties would divide their work to cover both parliamentarian and governmental roles, meaning that they would heed government projects and policies while keeping the Cabinet in check.