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Veteran politico Chalerm 'certain' of Pheu Thai majority at general election

By The Nation

 

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Chalerm Yoobamrung, a key figure in the Pheu Thai Party, expressed confidence on Monday that the previously ruling party would win the next general election.

 

The veteran politician said he expected Pheu Thai to gain a majority in the House of Representatives, by winning more than 250 of the 500 seats up for grabs.

 

“Believe me, the Pheu Thai Party will win with a landslide. I am certain we will get more than 250 MP seats,” he said.

 

Chalerm’s remarks reflected an earlier claim made by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who is widely viewed as Pheu Thai’s patriarch and often referred to as “Big Boss” by many of its politicians.

 

Chalerm recently met Thaksin – who has been in self-exile overseas since 2008 – in Hong Kong. 

 

The ex-PM fled the country shortly before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders sentenced him to two years in jail for abuse of power.

 

Regarding a new party leader for Pheu Thai, Chalerm also said that it would “certainly not be him”. However, he declined to comment on who he thought was suitable to become the party’s next leader.

 

A deputy prime minister in the previous government led by Thaksin’s sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, Chalerm said on Monday that he was now in charge of Pheu Thai’s election centre and that he had information pointing to the party’s victory in the next national election.

 

He added that Pheu Thai would “completely defeat” a political group called Sam Mit (Three Friends), which had been formed to support Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return to power after the election.

 

Sam Mit, led by veteran politicians who are Thaksin’s former allies, is linked to a new political party called Palang Pracharat, whose name is inspired by the government’s populist development project Pracharat (people and state).

 

The group has managed to woo many former MPs from other parties, particularly Pheu Thai, into its fold.

 

Chalerm also said that Sam Mit had got only “election candidates”, and not election winners. 

 

This remark reflected a claim by Thaksin and some Pheu Thai leaders that the party’s new candidates would defeat those defectors in the next general election.

 

Chalerm was speaking to reporters at the Crime Suppression Division (CSD), which he was visiting to offer moral support to his son, Wan, and his grandson, Achawin, both of whom had turned themselves in at CSD headquarters to face the charge of physical assault. 

 

Wan and Achawin stand accused of assaulting a 34-year-old man outside a Thong Lo pub during the night of July 23. 

 

The accuser, identified as Panuwat Punnarattanakul, who had a personal dispute with Achawin while in Singapore, alleged that Wan had punched him in the face many times on the night in question. 

 

Panuwat also claimed that an armed man accompanying Wan and Achawin had drawn his pistol when he was about to fight back. 

 

At that time, Achawin also kicked him, the accuser added. 

 

The armed man fired shots into the air to prevent Panuwat’s friends from helping him, it was alleged.

 

Wan and Achawin were questioned for about two hours at CSD headquarters, before being released after being fingerprinted.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30352536

 
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15 minutes ago, JAG said:

He is quite probably right. An utterly disreputable old thug, but nonetheless quite probably right; if Pheu Thai is allowed to stand. 

 

Of course, no matter how many votes they garner/seats they win, I'm sure that there will be a variety of reasons which will prevent them from actually taking up those seats. 

 

Was Chalerm sober when he make these comments?

 

 

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Would love to agree with him, as they are the best option for sending the army back to barracks or at least shaming them.   When a certain 90 year old starts to really get nervous, you will know the old thug was right.   My guess is the election will resemble something like that of Cambodia, slightly better directed and more glossy, but a sham.  If the army takes a second defeat at the hands of the PTP,  they will see their power seriously marginalized. 

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1 hour ago, Samui Bodoh said:

Prayut and Prawit are the only people on the planet who could make Chalerm look good.

 

Man-O-Man we live in an...Ahem... Er... interesting time and place...

 

 

 

Obviously you know, and I'm not doubting in any way, that 

'May you live in interesting times' is an ancient Chinese curse.

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I find the whole situation interesting. 

I really, honestly, have no thoughts, ideas on politics.

Much more important things to think about, like my two dogs who love each other very much but I can't put their food bowls close together when I'm feeding them otherwise it ends up with blood and snot all over the place. I can't try to get them apart or it ends up with some of my blood in the mix, but we still all love each other at the end.

As Greavsie used to say 'it's a funny old game, isnt it'

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looks like he is back on the ear medicine again, doubt the ptp will even be a party by the time the election rolls around. 

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2 hours ago, overherebc said:

I find the whole situation interesting. 

I really, honestly, have no thoughts, ideas on politics.

Much more important things to think about, like my two dogs who love each other very much but I can't put their food bowls close together when I'm feeding them otherwise it ends up with blood and snot all over the place. I can't try to get them apart or it ends up with some of my blood in the mix, but we still all love each other at the end.

As Greavsie used to say 'it's a funny old game, isnt it'

Bad tempered dogs?

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