Deputy leader of the United Thai Nation (UTN) Party, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, expressed his appreciation on Monday for the support his party received in the recent elections, stating that they will respect the election winners’ decisions when it comes to the formation of the next government. Following the release of the election results on Sunday, Thanakorn spoke at Government House, extending his gratitude to every voter who supported the party and its candidates.
Thanakorn expressed particular thanks to UTN supporters in Nakhon Si Thammarat, his hometown, noting, “UTN MPs from the South have managed to reach their targets, so I want to thank voters in Nakhon Si Thammarat for making it happen.” He acknowledged that election losses are a normal part of the political process and congratulated the parties that secured more votes than the UTN.
Regarding the anticipated makeup of the next cabinet, Thanakorn said, “We’ll have to wait and see.” He shared that UTN leaders had convened to discuss the election results and revealed that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha instructed him to let the election winners take the lead in forming the new government. Prayut also advised Thanakorn to continue managing the caretaker government during its remaining three months before the next administration takes office.
When queried about the potential for a minority government, Thanakorn admitted that the situation appeared uncertain but affirmed he was prepared to be part of the opposition if necessary. Touching on General Prayut’s political legacy, Thanakorn claimed that his “eight-year quest for the country” and record of no corruption were sufficient for him to be remembered positively by the public.
In conclusion, Deputy leader Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana expressed his gratitude to the party’s supporters and voters in the recent elections, assured that the United Thai Nation (UTN) Party will respect the decisions made by the election winners regarding the formation of the next government and emphasized the importance of continuing to manage the caretaker government during its remaining tenure.