PM denies standby PM

 

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (ยิ่งลักษณ์ ชินวัตร) has announced today that she has submitted evidence related to a probe into an allegedly falsified property and debt report to the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), while downplaying rumors of a standby prime minister.

The prime minister said she expected the NACC to fairly investigate allegations that she lent 30-million baht to the Ad Index Company, of which her spouse Anusorn Amornchat (อนุสรณ์ อมรฉัตร) and relatives were shareholders.

She has also rebuffed rumors that the Pheu Thai (เพื่อไทย) party is preparing her sister Yaowapa Wongsawat (เยาวภา วงศ์สวัสดิ์), who has recently been released from a five-year political ban, as standby prime minister in the event of a political misstep. She said she still wants to perform as the prime minister of Thailand.

The rumour came after the resignation of Pheu Thai (เพื่อไทย) Member of Parliament for Chiang Mai (เชียงใหม่) Kasem Nimmonrat (เกษม นิมมลรัตน์), and Ms Yaowapa is expected to stand for the upcoming by-election.

Deputy Commerce Minister Natthawut Saikua (ณัฐวุฒิ ใสยเกื้อ) confirmed that Mr Kasem’s resignation was due to health problems and not to make room for Ms. Yaowapa as alleged.

Former Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat (สมชาย วงศ์สวัสดิ์) also dismissed the rumour and said that it is at the discretion of the party executives whether to nominate Ms Yaowapa to run in the by-election.

 

 

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