Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted Tuesday he will not resign and will remain in power until a new government is sworn in.
His comments followed the resignation of four cabinet ministers who are executives of the pro-regime Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP).
Following their resignation, Gen Prayut said he would not resign as prime minister or as head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). He was responding to other politicians’ calls for his resignation as premier ahead of the general election.
“I won’t quit. If I quit, who can take my place?” he said when reporters asked whether he would step down if he became a prime ministerial candidate on any party’s ticket.
There is not a law requiring him to step down as prime minister and as for the NCPO, he would remain its chief because the council would remain in power until a new government was established, Gen Prayut said.
Speaking about the four ministers who resigned, Gen Prayut said their deputies and other ministers could take over their responsibilities.
The four ministers — Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana, Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong, Science and Technology Minister Suvit Maesincee, and PM’s Office Minister Kobsak Pootrakool — tendered their resignation letters to Gen Prayut at Government House Tuesday morning. Their resignations are effective Wednesday.
Gen Prayut also hinted that he would become a prime ministerial candidate if he is invited by a party to be on its ticket. However, he ruled out the option of returning to power as an “outsider” premier following the March 24 general election.
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