On Monday, the 9th of January, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha formally joined the Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party (United Thai Nation Party) in order to participate in the next general election.
General Prayut was chosen as the party’s nominee for prime minister during the party’s general assembly held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.
At the occasion, he acknowledged that he was aware of the obstacles preventing Thailand from progressing and promised to work more to overcome them if given the chance.
Party leader and current secretary-general to the prime minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga established the Ruam Thai Sang Chart faction in March 2021.
Election candidates in Thailand must have been members of the same political party for at least 90 days prior to the election date. Assuming the 116th Congress ends on March 23, the Election Commission will call new elections no later than 45 days after the dissolution of parliament.
The Palang Pracharath Party has officially nominated Prayut for prime minister in 2019.