Major Parties Dismiss Proposal of Forming a National Coalition

The United Thai Nation, Pheu Thai and Move Forward Parties have all dismissed a proposal by Senator Jadet Insawang to contemplate creating a national coalition if the nation faces a fresh political crisis.

The minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, serving as the deputy leader of the United Thai Nation Party (UTN), stated that Senator Jadet’s suggestion, despite being well-intentioned, seemed to overstep bounds.

The Move Forward Party (MFP) claimed the majority of House seats and is still involved in crafting a new coalition, hence, Mr. Thanakorn advocates that everyone should respect the party’s autonomy to lead this initiative.

Should the MFP be unable to do so, it would be more appropriate to allow the Pheu Thai Party, holder of the second-largest number of seats, to try their hand, instead of instantly resorting to a national government formation, he suggested.

Mr. Thanakorn further dismissed speculation that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha assured UTN’s elected MPs of their eventual inclusion in the new government, labeling the claim as utterly false.

With only 36 MPs, the UTN is now preparing to join the opposition, and General Prayut is a man who consistently emphasized that future actions must follow a democratic path, he asserted.

The MFP-led coalition, holding over 300 House seats, should receive support from all factions in the formation of a government, said Pheu Thai’s deputy leader, Phumtham Wechayachai.

Even in the scenario of the alliance’s failure to achieve this, the parties must still consult their followers to identify the best solution to the issue, he remarked.

The potential formation of a national government was categorically dismissed by Worawat Ua-apinyakul, a Pheu Thai MP elected for Phrae, who insisted that this subject should be put to rest.

The MFP spokesperson, Rangsiman Rome, expressed confidence in the MFP’s capacity to form a coalition.

He clarified that Senator Jadet’s idea for a national government is a personal view, not a Senate position, and added that several senators have expressed their support for the MFP and its leader.

Senator Jadet acknowledged that his proposition might not be immediately needed.

However, considering the formation of a new government has been unusually protracted, he suggested that it would be wise for all parties to start planning for national reconciliation.