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Fresh push to dissolve Pheu Thai Party 


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A FRESH PETITION WILL BE FILED in pursuit of the dissolution of Pheu Thai Party on a charge of being illegally masterminded and influenced by an outsider, namely former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Palang Pracharath MP Sira Jenjakha alleged today (Oct. 19) that Thaksin was evidently masterminding and pulling the strings behind an internal affair of the opposition party when he reportedly told a gathering of current and former Pheu Thai MPs in Sunday’s video conference at a Bangkok venue to wait for him to name a new party leader.

Sira, who concurrently chairs the House Committee on Laws, Justice and Human Rights, said he will summon deputy Pheu Thai party leader Kriang Kantinand to testify before his panel on Oct. 27 pertaining to the allegations that the former premier had masterminded the rank and file of the party over the planned naming of its new leader who will supposedly take charge of nationwide campaigns for the next election.

The Palang Pracharath MP commented that the event in which Thaksin was illegally pulling the strings behind such partisan affairs could possibly result in the dissolution of the party which he himself earlier led.   

Sira said his House panel will investigate the Thaksin masterminding scandal against Pheu Thai Party and lodge the planned petition to the Election Commission which will forward it over to the Constitutional Court in pursuit of the dissolution of the party on grounds of being illegally dominated and influenced by the fugitive former leader. 

During the live video chat, Kriang suggested that Thaksin’s ex-spouse Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra be named the new Pheu Thai party leader because, he said, she could practically consolidate the once-ruling party and prompt those who may have earlier defected to rejoin it.

But the former premier categorically rejected such a proposal, saying his ex-spouse is not only getting too old for politics and dislikes it the most but does not know how to deliver an electoral campaign speech. 

Thaksin also forecast a ”landslide” victory of Pheu Thai Party in the nationwide race to parliament next time. 

Opposition leader Sompong Amornvivat is largely viewed as the nominal leader of Pheu Thai Party, earlier named Thai Rak Thai and People’s Power parties, both of which were dissolved on misconduct charges by the Constitutional Court in 2007 and 2008 respectively.


Top: Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. 

Home Page: Palang Pracharath MP Sira Jenjakha. Both photos: Siam Rath

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