Ready and willing: Anutin says he’s prepared to be subsequent PM and lead Thailand

Thailand’s considerably controversial health minister, Anutin Charvirakul, says he’s prepared to steer the nation and become the next PM. According to an ASEAN NOW report, Anutin was addressing a gathering of his Bhumjaithai Party in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat.
Profit have been picked up by the Thai media, with Sanook posting a photo of him with a caption indicating that he is now a prime ministerial candidate. He has some assist too, with Transport Minister Salsayam Chidchob saying he’d again him. However, Anutin was careful to level out that he nonetheless absolutely supports the present PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, and would only consider taking up when the PM is prepared to step down.
The Covid-19 pandemic has put Anutin in the highlight, and never solely with Thai residents. He came to the attention of overseas residents and some tourists through the early days of the pandemic, when he berated “dirty farang” for not accepting the face masks he was handing out as part of a PR stunt at a Bangkok station. He then went as far as to counsel that foreigners ought to be kicked overseas. Rightly or wrongly, many blame his feedback for a disturbing wave of xenophobia that emerged shortly after.
Last week, Anutin hit the headlines once more when he declared that the pandemic was no match for Thailand and the healthcare employees he’s in charge of. Addressing an occasion within the north-eastern province of Loei, he described Covid-19 as “inferior” when in comparability with his ministry. The ASEAN NOW report factors out that he’s also survived a quantity of doubtlessly politically damaging incidents when he was caught not wearing a facemask..

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