The Thai Parliament will hold a vote on Tuesday . It is predicted that this vote will end the political impasse in the White Elephant Country, after the Move Forward Party, which won the May 14 election, was thwarted in parliament.
The former PM candidate from the Move Forward party, Pita Limjaroenrat, finally offered his position to the Pheu Thai Party, the party that is shaded by the daughter of the former Thai PM, Thaksin Shinawatra.
Accepting Pita’s offer, Pheu Thai finally proposed the name Srettha Thavisin. Who exactly is this Srettha Thavisin?
1. A newcomer to the world of Thai politics
The name Srettha Thavisin is not yet well-known in the world of Thai politics. However, Srettha is a former well-known real estate tycoon in the country.
Srettha is known to lead Sansiri Thailand, the largest real estate company in Thailand. However, he admitted that he had resigned since April and gave all his shares to his daughter.
Srettha also admitted to selling or handing over her shares to other companies.
members of parliament are elected.
If this fails, Srettha can give the seat of the PM candidate to another candidate from Pheu Thai, namely Paetongtarn (son of Thaksin) or Chaikasem.
2. Famously fighting for LGBTQ rights and allegations of tax evasion
Long before entering politics, Srettha was famous for often fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people and environmental sustainability.
Even before joining Pheu Thai, Srettha was known to frequently comment on Thai politics on social media.
Srettha’s footprints in the business world were not spared from the discussion. A former Thai businessman, Chuwit Kamolvisit, alleged that Srettha was involved in tax evasion in 2019 when a group of businessmen sold a piece of land.
3. Focus on stimulating the Thai economy
In an interview in early 2023, Srettha said that she wanted to stimulate Thailand’s economy as well as bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.
Apart from that, Srettha is also required to realize Pheu Thai’s promises such as a 70 percent increase in the minimum wage. a guaranteed household income of 20,000 Baht per month, and threefold agricultural profits to lift economic growth to 5 percent.
Srettha is also expected to be able to balance the conservative and military figures who continue to dominate Thai politics.