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25 NRSA members resign

Twenty-five members of the National Reform Steering Assembly have resigned as the NRSA is due to be dissolved on July 31, said Alongkorn Ponlaboot on Tuesday (July 4).

Mr Alongkorn, deputy president of the NRSA, said according to the constitution, NRSA members who wish to contest in the next election must resign from the posts within 90 days of the charter coming into effect.

Since the new constitution was promulgated on April 6, the 90-day deadline falls on July 4. So today (July 4) is the last day for NRSA members who want to run in the next election to resign.

Mr Alongkorn said that of the 200 NRSA members, 25 have resigned and one died. The NRSA now has 174 members.

However, not all of the NRSA members who resigned will enter politics. For example, Suwat Jiraphan resigned because he will have to leave to take the post of ambassador to Turkey.

On July 31, the last day of the NRSA in function, there will be a ceremony to hand over all NRSA's work regarding the country's reforms to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, chairman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

Mr Alongkorn, a former Democrat Party MP, said he would not re-enter politics.

I will no longer be in politics. The country already has a lot of politicians, he said.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)