Ruling party names deputy PM as main polls candidate

THE ruling party named Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan (pic) as its candidate to be premier in the kingdom’s upcoming general election.

The army-backed Palang Pracharath Party gave the 77-year-old former army chief the nod as unofficial campaigning gathers momentum – although no polling date has yet been announced.

Prawit will run against incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who earlier this month announced he would lead the campaign for the recently created United Thai Nation party.

The main opposition party, Pheu Thai, is expected to name Paetongtarn Shinawatra – daughter of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra – as one of its candidates for prime minister.

Billionaire tycoon Thaksin, ousted as prime minister in a 2006 coup, lives in self-imposed exile in Dubai to avoid corruption charges he said are politically motivated. — AFP

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