Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat recently held a press conference, joined by the leaders of seven potential coalition partners, to announce their intention to form a new government and endorse Mr. Limjaroenrat as the next prime minister. As of now, these potential governing coalition parties are still in the process of agreeing on the terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which is expected to be announced shortly.
A top MFP official, Secretary-General Chaithawat Tulanon, stated that the party plans to meet separately with representatives from each potential coalition party to finalize the terms of the MoU, encompassing not only the MFP’s agenda but also those of other parties. Key issues include peace efforts in the southern border provinces and ending market barriers to competition in the alcoholic beverage market. The MoU will also address the legalization of same-sex marriage to promote social diversity.
According to Mr. Chaithawat, the MFP and its seven partner parties plan to form the next government with 313 House MPs supporting their coalition. They still need to secure the votes of at least 376 members, which include both the 500 House representatives and 250 senators, to install Mr. Limjaroenrat as the prime minister. The MFP is currently in talks with several senators to gather additional backing for their leader.
Amidst these developments, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra refuted speculation that he would meet with representatives of previous government parties in Hong Kong. Through a statement on Twitter, he clarified that he is still in Dubai and has no plans to visit Hong Kong anytime soon. This clarification followed a social media post by Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul informing that his family was vacationing in Hong Kong. Mr. Anutin’s Bhumjaithai Party ranked third in terms of the number of House MPs won in the recent general election, and he currently serves as both the Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister.
As the MFP and its potential coalition partners work towards finalizing and announcing the MoU, the political landscape in the country is expected to undergo significant changes. The proposed policy initiatives, such as promoting peace in the southern border provinces, ending the monopoly on alcohol production, and legalizing same-sex marriage, will potentially shape the future direction of the nation. The outcome of these negotiations will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on politics and society at large in the coming years.