Pheu Thai to pick candidate
BANGKOK: -- The Pheu Thai Party will meet tomorrow to choose from four nominees - including Sitha Dhivari, Pimchana Hosakul and Sudarat Keyuraphan - its candidate for the Don Muang MP by-election.
Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said yesterday that the party was not ready to reveal the other potential candidate.
The June 16 by-election will fill the seat vacated by Karun "Keng" Hosakul after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court for defamation in the last general election.
Pheu Thai MP Wicharn Meenchainant, who is in charge of all Bangkok MPs, said he would discuss with other Bangkok MPs about possible candidates before submitting a list for the party to select from.
He confirmed that Sudarat has decided not to contest the by-election, as had been reported in the media, but a source said party leaders would try to convince her to run.
She is now vacationing with her family and close aides on Samui and has refused to give interviews to the media.
She is scheduled to hold a press conference at 1pm today about her plan for religious activities on Visakha Bucha Day. The media expects that she would then have the answer to whether she would accept the request to represent the party in the poll.
Panthongtae Shinawatra, the son of Thaksin, posted a message on his Facebook page saying people who do not know Keng but read about him in newspapers might think that he is a hooligan who engages in wrangling with others. They might not understand why a person like him has always won the hearts of Don Muang constituents and won elections.
If you ask them, they would give the same answer that Keng is a down-to-earth activist who has built up locals' trust for at least 20 years even before he held any post, the message said.
-- The Nation 2013-05-13