By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PAETONGTARN SHINAWATRA, daughter of de facto Pheu Thai boss-cum-convicted inmate Thaksin Shinawatra, will likely be named leader of the ruling party, said an outspoken Pheu Thai MP today (Sep.25).
In an extraordinary caucus speculated next week, Pheu Thai members will overwhelmingly vote Paetongtarn for the top partisan leadership, said Pheu Thai MP Khrumanit Sangpum.
The pro-Paetongtarn vote could probably be unanimous since there would be no competition among the Pheu Thai rank and file against Thaksin’s daughter who is more or less expected to agree to being named the new party leader in place of Public Health Minister Chonlanan Srikaew who has resigned, Khrumanit said.
According to the MP of Surin, Paetongtarn is not only viewed as a daughter of the de facto party boss but as politically-versed, proactive and charismatic.
The youngest daughter of the de facto Pheu Thai boss-cum-convicted inmate, who has so far practically kept himself from being put behind bars since he returned from self-exile abroad, was among a trio of partisan candidates running for prime minister in last May’s election including the successful one, Srettha Thavisin.
The post-election power play allegedly orchestrated by Thaksin literally from his hospital bed at Police Hospital where he has been admitted for “illnesses” eventually saw the Pheu Thai dump the Move Forward and join ranks with “uncles’ camps”, namely the Palang Pracharath and Ruam Thai Sang Chart, to set up a coalition government at the virtual expense of Chonlanan who had earlier pledged to step down as party leader, albeit merely known as nominal, in the face of such political shenanigans.
On their electoral campaign trails, not only Chonlanan but Srettha and Paetongtarn had ostensibly vowed to never deal with the “uncles’ camps”, referring to the Ruam Thai Sang Chart under de facto party boss/former prime minister Prayut “Uncle Tu” Chan-o-cha and the Palang Pracharath led by former deputy prime minister Prawit “Uncle Pom” Wongsuwan, both of whom had contested in vain for premiership.
Top: Paetongtarn Shinawatra campaigning prior to the May 14, 2023 general election. Photo: Matichon Weekly
Front Page: Paetongtarn Shinawatra with her dad Thaksin Shinawtra. Photo: Thai Rath