By Thai Newsroom Reporters
KORN CHATIKAVANIJ has become top leader of the Chart Pattana Kla Party following a merger between a couple of small-sized political camps.
During today’s (Oct. 16) general caucus of the Chart Pattana Kla Party following the recent partisan merger between the Chart Pattana and Kla, Korn was unanimously named top leader in place of Tewan Liptapanlop who has resigned from the top post and was finally named secretary-general of the united party.
Suwat Liptapanlop, brother of Tewan’s and a former top leader of the Chart Pattana Party, was named chairman of the merged party.
Korn is a former top leader of the Kla Party and a former finance minister in the name of the Democrat Party whilst Tewan is a former minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office and Suwat is a former deputy prime minister and a former transport minister in the name of the Chart Pattana Party.
The Chart Pattana and Kla merger was apparently designed to get a minimum of 25 MPs provided by law to name a partisan candidate for head of government following the next general election, largely speculated early next year.
It remains to be seen whether another couple of brand-new parties, namely the Thai Sang Thai Party, headed by Sudarat Keyurapan, and Sang Anakhot Thai Party, headed by Uttama Savanayana, might possibly follow suit for similar reasons.
Sudarat is a former public health minister and former head of the Pheu Thai Party’s strategic campaign committee whilst Uttama is a former finance minister and a former top leader of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party.
Top and Front Page: Korn Chatikavanij is now the leader of Chart Pattana Kla Party. Photos: Thai Rath
From left below: Tewan Liptapanlop, Suwat Liptapanlop and Korn Chatikavanij. Photo: Matichon