Prayut may have been nominated by the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat, but the party does not belong to him. Meanwhile, Niphan Sirithorn, Phalang Pracharat MP from Trang province, demanded ministerial seats for his group in the South. The general election saw Phalang Pracharat win 13 seats in the South, making inroads into the traditional Democrat Party stronghold. Prayut can no longer shut the mouths of MPs, who are free to vote or not to vote to support his government. Without strong military back-up and his special powers, Prayut may realise that he has no leverage over the elected MPs.
Source: The Nation Bangkok June 18, 2019 17:03 UTC