Thai Deputy PM becomes leader of ruling party

Bangkok, June 28 (IANS) Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has been named leader of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party.

Prawit was on Saturday given overwhelming votes from the party’s acting executive board, reports Xinhua news agency.

A total of 27 members of the Palang Pracharath Party, including the new leader, were named members of the party’s new executive board, including Palang Pracharath MP Anucha Nakasai as party secretary general and government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat as party treasurer.

Several cabinet ministers have retained their membership in the party’s executive board, including Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit, Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan, Digital for Economy and Society Minister Puttipong Punnakanta, Deputy Finance Minister Santi Prompat, Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thammanat Prompao and Culture Minister Itthiphol Khunpleum.