By Thai Newsroom Reporters
THAMMANAT PROMPOW today (Oct. 28) survived an adverse plot to oust him as secretary-general of Palang Pracharath Party, given solid support from party leader Prawit Wongsuwan.
During today’s meeting of Palang Pracharath executive board members, Thammanat’s position as party secretary-general was specifically strengthened with unfaltering support from the party leader and majority members of the executive board in spite of the aborted attempt to oust him by several among a total of 26 executive board members.
Seven cabinet members had recently quit the executive board of the largest ruling party in a fruitless effort to press for a major change in the party’s top-ranking hierarchy, especially the post of party secretary-general.
Prawit, who concurrently acts as deputy prime minister, told those antagonistic to Thammanat that the party secretary-general has performed his duties too well to be deprived of the post though some insisted that Thammanat be ousted since he allegedly orchestrated partisan and legislative moves against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha regarding last month’s censure debate and no-confidence motion which resulted in Thammanat’s ouster as deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister.
However, Prawit suggested that Prayut should never look to interfere in internal affairs of any coalition partners, particularly his own, no matter if those Palang Pracharath cabinet members may have preferred that he do so. They would have named one among themselves as new secretary-general of the party if Thammanat had been finally ousted.
In the meantime, MP Cholanan Srikaeo has become leader of Pheu Thai Party in place of Sompong Amornvivat who has called it quits while Paetongtarn Shinawatra, a daughter of former premier Thaksin, was named head of the party’s advisory team on public participation and innovation.
In today’s party caucus held in Khon Kaen, Cholanon was picked as new leader of the largest opposition party while Prasert Chantararuangthong stayed put at the post of party secretary-general.
Sompong has been merely viewed as nominal Pheu Thai party leader whereas Thaksin who founded the party albeit under a different name over two decades ago is invariably regarded as de facto leader by its rank and file though he has been staying in self-exile overseas.
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