Thai ministers (Source: EPA)
 
Bangkok (VNA) – Several members of the Thai cabinet resigned on January 29 to focus on the Palang Pracharath Party’s campaign, ahead of the general election scheduled for March 24.

The four resigned ministers included Industry Minister and leader of the Palang Pracharath Party Uttama Savanayana; Commerce Minister and secretary general of the party Sontirat Sontijirawong; Science and Technology Minister and deputy leader of the party Suvit Maesincee, and Prime Minister's Office Minister and spokesman of the party Kobsak Pootrakool.

They have faced pressure from other parties who claimed that the ministers will enjoy advantages during the election campaign if they still keep positions in the cabinet.

Speaking to the media, Uttama said that the resignation decision was made voluntarily. He pledged that he and his fellow Palang Pracharath Party members will use their time towards the party’s election campaign.

Last week, Thailand’s Election Commission announced that the country’s much delayed general election to restore a civilian government will be held on March 24. This will be the first general election in the country after the military coup in 2014. The election will see the competition of the Pheu Thai and Democrat Party following the removal of a ban on their politic activities last month.–VNA