New Party launched by former members of the ruling party

A new political party was launched by former ministers from the ruling party on Wednesday. The party, Sang Anakot Thai or Building Thailand’s Future, was formed by former finance minister Uttama Savanayana and former energy minister Sontirat Sonthijirawong.

They were joined by former higher education, science and innovations minister Suvit Maesincee and former prime minister’s office minister Kobsak Pootrakul.

All four of them, collectively known as the “Four Boys” group, resigned from the ruling Palang Pracharath Party after a leadership change within the pro-military party’s executive board in June 2020.

Uttama was replaced by Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon as the party’s leader and Sonthirat was replaced Anucha Nakasai as the party’s secretary-general. Anucha was later replaced by Captain Thammanat Prompao in June 2021.

The Four Boys was part of former deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak’s economic team.

Vachara Kannikar, a member of Sang Anakot Thai, told reporters on Tuesday that the party hopes to be a new “neutral” choice and new hope for the people during this economic downturn. He said the party’s economic team is the highlight of the new party.

At least two PPRP’s list-MPs, including Santi Kiranan and Suphon Fongngam, have already resigned from the ruling party to join the new party.

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