Move Forward “ready to make way for Pheu Thai” should they fail to form a government

The Move Forward Party (MFP) is willing to let the Pheu Thai Party (PTP) form a government if the MFP is ultimately unable to do so, Party leader Pita Limcharoenrat says in a recent video clip addressing the defeat on Thursday when he was unable to garner the required 375 votes to become Prime Minister, adding that MFP members of parliaments are ready to vote for a PM candidate from the PTP.


Following the unsuccessful initial attempt to secure his bid to become the next PM, Pita thanked the public and the Senators who have voted for him. He said he and the Party are ready to make way for Pheu Thai to establish a government should the MFP ultimately fail to do so. 


Using the battlefield as a metaphor, he encouraged his supporters to join the battle on two fronts: the parliamentary session to select the PM scheduled for Wednesday and the campaign to repeal Article 272 which gives senators the power to vote for the PM.


Pita urged his supporters to encourage the senators to vote for the Prime Minister based on the people's resolution or to vote to repeal Article 272 to restore power to the people.


"I ask everyone to join together in the fight until the end. I alone or the party alone may not be able to change the Senators’ minds and lead to the establishment of a real government of the people. Therefore, I must seek the strength from all of you to accomplish the mission of successfully forming a government of the people," he implored.


Meanwhile, the PTP’s PM candidate Srettha Thavisin denied speculation that the PTP will nominate him against Pita in the next parliamentary session to vote on the next Prime Minister. 


In reference to a screenshot of a post by The Reporters which stated that Pheu Thai will nominate him in the next parliamentary session scheduled for July 19, Srettha rejected the speculation, saying the public should wait for official information from the eight-party coalition. 


“I don't know that. I wasn't present at the meeting. There is no conclusion yet. Please, listening to the statements from the eight-party coalition is better. Thank you,” he wrote


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