Thai PM says New Year countdown and activities can go on but he himself will not celebrate it

National —

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said today, December 26th, that government agencies and private companies are free to make their own decisions regarding the hosting of the New Year countdown and other related activities.

He said the government does not have a definitive stance on whether to hold or cancel New Year parties. However, the PM asked every sector to be “careful”. He did not specifically say what to be careful of.

As for his celebration, General Prayut told Thai reporters that he would refrain from celebrating this year. His position is presumably out of respect for HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha who remains unconscious at a hospital.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.


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Tanakorn Panyadee
The Latest Local News Translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-two year old who currently lives and studies his last year of college in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.