The prominent Senator Wanchai Sonsiri, shared his decision to support the prime ministerial candidate of the Pheu Thai party, irrespective of the stance maintained by the Move Forward party. He also intriguingly suggested that by distancing itself from the aims of the Move Forward initiative, Pheu Thai would be better positioned to clinch the crucial parliamentary majority needed for their candidate to accede to the prime ministership.
Wanchai’s declaration is of significant note, given that he was amongst an exclusive group of 13 senators who had initially favored Pita Limjaroenrat, the candidate from Move Forward during the initial round of voting on July 13th.
Following an untimely deceleration of Pita’s political race in the second round, the victors of the election, Move Forward, gracefully passed on the responsibility of spearheading the next government formation to Pheu Thai, the runner-up. The Pheu Thai political entity has unveiled plans to nominate the seasoned Srettha Thavisin as its prime ministerial candidate during the second round, which is precariously slated for August 4th.
Wanchai voiced his commitment to hold fast to his value of voting in favor of a party manifesting substantial support from fellow MPs. He went on to enthusiastically declare, “If Pheu Thai nominates Srettha, they’re assured my vote.”
Moreover, he extrapolated that straying from the Move Forward party could provide Srettha with impactful support from fellow senators. Nevertheless, Wanchai warned that should the coalition choose to defy diverting from this course of action, it would be incumbent upon Move Forward to relinquish their agenda to reform Article 112 of the Criminal Code, synonymous with the infamous lese majesty law.
Wanchai’s shrewd insights reflected in his views that Pheu Thai possesses a stronger chance of steering a coalition government into existence, owing to their potential conducing alliances with diverse parties and senators.
In a concluding note, Wanchai positively alluded to the forthcoming August 4th vote by stating, “I firmly believe Pheu Thai is set to capture more than a mere 13 votes from senators. It is apparent that if Move Forward’s involvement in the coalition is curtailed, senators will offer no obstacles to Srettha’s ascension.”