Gen Prawit: Go ask EC about new party’s amnesty policy

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan passed the issue of the newly-established Future Forward Party’s policy to declare an amnesty for all those sentenced under the orders of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to the Election Commission, Thai News Agency reported today (May 28, 2018).

Future Forward Party has voted for the young and wealthy Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit  to take the helm. He made his fortune as vice-president and director of the Thai Summit group, which makes car parts.

As the leader of this new party, which was only set up last March after the Election Commission allowed new parties to register for the first time in 5 years, Thanathorn announced a party policy for such an amnesty should it be elected in the upcoming election due in 2019.

However, when asked about this party’s amnesty policy, Gen Prawit said it has to be seen whether this is possible or not, and this issue should be referred to the Election Commission because he cannot say whether it is right or wrong.

He added that he does not think the new party’s policy will affect the current government.


Top: Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit contemplates a question during a media interview. Photograph: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images via The Guardian