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NACC chief says he won’t bow to pressure for his resignation

National Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit announced Friday (Feb 2) that he would not bow to pressure for him to quit his post.

He said that he was legally appointed to assume the NACC chairman and had been performing his duty with determination all along.

There were people who like him and people who did not like him, but he could not allow himself to be distracted by such an insignificant issue otherwise every state official will have to call it quits, he said.

The NACC chairman who used to be a close aide to Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon maintained that the incumbent NACC members could stay on in their posts as this was specified in the transitional provision of the Constitution empowering the National Legislative Assembly to decide which independent organization should stay on.

Regarding the NACC's investigation into Gen Prawit's undeclared expensive wristwatches, Pol Gen Watcharapol said the fact-finding probe panel expected to complete questioning witnesses within this month.

If there are sufficient evidences, he said that another probe panel would be set up to follow up the case.

He made clear that the probe would continue no matter Gen Prawit would resign his post or would stay on.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)