Survey reveals 90% want Prawit to step down
One day after watch-scandal-hit Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said he would step down if people wanted him to, the general has received support from a group of people from the provinces.
A group of 40 people supporting Prawit showed up in front of the Defence Ministry on Thursday. The group, said to have come from various provinces including Bangkok, was welcomed by General Rungroj Chamrasromerun, Prawit’s vice minister. Prawit was caught up in work and could not receive the crowd himself, but the deputy PM passed on his thanks to the supporters, Rungroj said. After almost two months of criticism and scandal plaguing Prawit over his possession of a large number of luxury watches, Prawit on Wednesday said he would quit if the people did not want him anymore. Netizens have been conducting polls online to gauge the public’s opinion about whether they wanted Prawit to remain in the Cabinet.
A campaign on change.org has been launched and more than 18,000 people had agreed that Prawit should resign. A Facebook survey by state-funded station Thai PBS found more than 90 per cent of 70,000 respondents wanted Prawit to leave.