Gen Prayut says he will decide on his political future when the time comes

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-on-cha today again refused to spell out his political future but said he will make a decision at an appropriate time.

Speaking to reporters after the weekly Cabinet meeting, Gen Prayut said his decision will be based on his commitment to protect the interest of the country and the people.

Gen Prayut noted that after a royal endorsement of the two electoral bills, which is widely anticipated to be sometimes next week, the restrictions on the political activities will be eased to pave the way for the long-awaited election.   “The election should bring about a government with good governance,” he said.

In answering a question, Gen Prayut said he will announce his decision on his political future at an appropriate time.  Gen Prayut’s political role both prior to and after the election has been a big question mark and he has been evasive in discussing it.

“But my decision will be based on my commitment to protect the interest of the country and of the people in accordance with the 20-year national strategy,” he said, referring to the mandatory national strategy designed by the military junta as a framework for next governments in running the country.

“That’s all I can say at the moment. And please stop asking me this question,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan reiterated his support for Gen Prayut to return as prime minister after the election “for the sake of continuity.”

But Gen Prawait declined to discuss his own political future.