Government coalition “still strong” says the ruling party deputy leader

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The ruling coalition is still strong despite media reports about infighting between coalition partners, the deputy leader of the Palang Pracharath Party told Thai Enquirer on Tuesday.

Rumours have been circulating around the government for the past three weeks that coalition parties were not seeing eye-to-eye on policies related to the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and how to fix the country’s economy.

The rumours have led to talks of a house dissolution and possible snap elections.

Paibul Nititawan, the Deputy Leader of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party, told Thai Enquirer that those rumours were false.

“The coalition is still strong, still capable,” he told Thai Enquirer by phone. “The government is still very capable.”

When asked about infighting rumours he said, “There may be disagreements in terms of policy but we can talk about those. There are no arguments or anything of that sort.”

Paibul added that he had not seen comments made by Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul in which he said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and Prayut alone was the one making the decisions regarding Covid-19 policies. (Read more here)

“I have not seen the comment and have no statement to make on the issue,” Paibul said.

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