Incoming Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has brushed aside the rumour that her Pheu Thai Party has reserved its leader Yongyuth Wichaidit as the prime minister substitute in case of a political accident.
Ms Yingluck stated that she is waiting for the consideration of the Election Commission (EC) to certify MP status for her while Pheu Thai Party executives are not worried about this issue since it has not yet exceeded the time limit of 30 days that the EC must complete its process.
Rumour is spreading that the Pheu Thai Party has set its leader Yongyuth to be the next prime minister if the EC does not endorse MP status for Ms Yingluck, the number one party-list candidate of the party.
The incoming prime minister also played down the rumoured involvement of Khunying Potjaman Damapong, the ex-wife of her brother former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in the formation of the new cabinet line-up.
Ms Yingluck also confirmed that ex-Prime Minister Somchai and his wife Yaowapa Wongsawat did not take part in the election campaign of the Pheu Thai Party. She then expressed her confidence that the EC will be fair to her and her party.
Regarding a suggestion made by Army Chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha that the new defence minister should be a military officer, the incoming prime minister declined knowledge about the comment but said she welcomes opinions from everyone.