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Former WTO chief Supachai refuses to say whether he will become Thai prime minister

Former WTO chief Supachai refuses to say whether he will become Thai prime minister

Former WTO chief Supachai Panitchpadki on Tuesday refused to comment on reports he could be the next Thai prime minister, replacing premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a Sept. 19 military coup.
Supachai, who has been at the center of rumors for days that he is a leading candidate for the job, was asked whether he was able to say anything to the people of Thailand about the speculation. "Not now, maybe later," he told The Associated Press.
Currently secretary-general of the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development, Supachai has been on a list of favored candidates to become interim prime minister until elections are held, according to Thai newspapers.
The former head of the World Trade Organization and the others on the short list were regarded as corruption-free and either politically neutral or on record as having opposed Thaksin's regime.
Supachai would not comment on whether he had been invited to take over the job.
Aides have said Supachai has continued to fulfill his duties as chief of UNCTAD this week, but conceded he had been under considerable pressure about the reports. UNCTAD officials said they had been told to decline to comment to all media queries.


Updated : 2021-10-28 22:57 GMT+08:00