A Change of New Party Gains Attention in the Parliament

Unexpectedly, Col Suchart Chantarachotikul, chief of the southern strategic team of the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), confirmed that he would defect to a new party to be formed by former permanent secretary for interior Chatchai Phromlert.

In view of this, Mr Chatchai, known to have good ties with Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, retired from the civil service amid speculation that he would set up a party to support Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha if he seeks to return for a second term.

Along with this, Col Suchart said he had considered leaving the PPRP for some time and the party to be formed by Mr Chatchai was his first choice because it would back Gen Prayut as prime minister.

He shared that there were several factors behind his decision to defect while admitting that the group felt it was underappreciated by the party despite winning 13 House seats in the southern region in the 2019 general election.

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