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Pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party wins many Pheu Thai members

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Pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party wins many Pheu Thai members

By THE NATION

 

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THE NEWLY-FORMED, pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party is pulling in more and more former MPs and government ministers, as well as celebrities.

 

Many people showed up at the party headquarters yesterday to submit their membership applications, and more are expected to apply at the party’s general assembly at Shangri-La Hotel on Sunday. 

 

Also, many of the new Palang Pracharat members come from the previously ruling Pheu Thai Party, including Chalong Riewrang, Thawee Suraban, Wichai Chaijitwanitkul and Wiang Worachet.

 

Chalong explained he had chosen to join Palang Pracharat because this government was implementing projects he considered beneficial to the people, especially those in his Nonthaburi constituency. He also said he was confident that all Palang Pracharat candidates will get elected in Nonthaburi. 

 

Meanwhile, Wichai said he believed the middle-class and the grassroots people will find the party’s policy platform pleasing. Also, he said, though his Udon Thani constituency was generally seen as the “capital of the red shirts” – main supporters of Pheu Thai – he is still convinced that Palang Pracharat will fare well in the elections.

 

“We aim to win four MP seats from the eight [Udon Thani] constituencies,” he said.

 

Thawee, who had been a Democrat Party MP before defecting to Pheu Thai many years ago, said yesterday that he believed Palang Pracharat would “win substantially” in the South, which has long been a stronghold for the Democrats.

 

“The old party’s popularity has dropped in all 14 southern provinces,” the politician said, obviously referring to Democrat Party.

 

Meanwhile, spokesman for the Sam Mit (Three Friends) group, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, said that more than 50 politicians will join the Palang Pracharat on Sunday. 

 

Among them are many former Cabinet members and ex-MPs, including Suriya Jungrungreangkit, Somsak Thepsuthin, Pinyo Niroj, Monthien Songpracha, Pirom Polwiset and Boonying Nitikanchana, the spokesman added.

 

New party ‘has earned trust of locals’

 

He said that Sam Mit, led by Somsak, has visited electorates in many areas over the past five months and earned the trust of local residents. 

 

“So, we are confident Palang Pracharat will win the election,” the spokesman said.

 

Also submitting membership applications yesterday were Ekkaraj Changlao and his son Wattana, who are both executives of Khonkaen United football club. Ekkaraj is a former member of the now-defunct post-coup National Reform Council, while Wattana is deputy chief executive of Khon Kaen’s Provincial Administrative Organisation.

 

Former manager of Thailand’s national football team, Watanya Wongopasi, also known as “Madame Dear”, is also expected to apply for Palang Pracharat membership today, a source familiar with the matter said. 

 

Separately, the director of Nida Poll said yesterday that he has given up his position at the survey unit after taking up Palang Pracharat membership. 

 

Napong Nophaket, director of Nida Poll at the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida), said he tendered his resignation on Tuesday to avoid a conflict of interest and maintain the credibility of the university’s survey unit.

 

Also yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also defence minister, was asked to comment on opinion surveys showing that Palang Pracharat was almost as popular as Pheu Thai. In response, he said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has gained a lot of public support, though he did not know if he would join Palang Pracharat.

 

Palang Pracharat is expected to nominate General Prayut as its prime ministerial candidate in the run-up to the next election.

 

Speaking at the Defence Ministry, General Prawit, who is in charge of security affairs, also reiterated that elections would be held on February 24, dismissing concerns of possible “foul play” by the junta aimed at delaying the election. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30358667

 
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2 minutes ago, boonrawdcnx said:

So they where ousted in a coup because they where corrupt - and now that same bunch of corrupt politicians joins the other bunch of corrupt scoundrels who stole the country from the people by force?

And they all do it to work tirelessly for the country and the Thai people and not to fill their own deep pockets of course.

I see a really bright future ahead for Thailand.

Unless the Thai people finally wake up and stage a Malaysian style protest vote against the thieves who rob their country and vote for the only real choice for change - Future Forward.
If not - they should and will just get what they deserve!





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Future Forward have no policies for the 22 million workers in agriculture and don't support a minimum wage linked to inflation. Thus their appeal relies solely on the urban middle class. They should pick up enough votes for a few Party List seats imo but that's it.

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2 hours ago, YetAnother said:

thailand's slide continues; no good choices

PT, in your idea, was a good choice then?

For whom?

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Palang Pracharat is expected to nominate General Prayut as its prime ministerial candidate in the run-up to the next election.

The rudderless, peace at any price will continue of this party wins.  I guess fear of upsetting the military will prevail should the little general get elected.  The certain boredom will persist in Thailand. 

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Future Forward have no policies for the 22 million workers in agriculture and don't support a minimum wage linked to inflation. Thus their appeal relies solely on the urban middle class. They should pick up enough votes for a few Party List seats imo but that's it.
A minimum wage linked to inflation is a good thing though it should not be automatic. Economic outlook should be considered too. This is how it works where i am from.

But i agree the party won't stand a chance. Now its just the old corrupt bunch changing seats at the dining table of corruption.


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Could this be the end of the world, as we had come to enjoy and respect it? Appropriate name, though . . . pee-pee 🤔

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50 minutes ago, JAG said:

For the very large numbers who voted for it, and it's predecessors, consistently?

 

Personally, my take is that as a party it was the best bet out of a poor field, but that is just my personal opinion. The point is though, it was consistently and decisively the choice of the Thai people - a choice which the military ( or more accurately those the military answer to) have found it necessary to foil twice (three?) times in the last twenty years. The electorate may have regarded it as a good choice, or merely as the best of a bad bunch, but it looks very likely that an attempt will be made to remove that choice, once again, at the critical point, prior to the election, which will prevent any effective replacement being established. That is, maybe, why these venal creatures are jumping ship?

As long as the generals continue to stage coups, the bad of the political parties will continue to thrive. Like the idiom, an one-eye corrupt man will be king in the land of blind corrupt generals. The alternative to stratocracy and authoritarian rule is always more appealing. Empowering people to vote their leaders is the only solution #Malaysia.  

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Also, many of the new Palang Pracharat members come from the previously ruling Pheu Thai Party, including Chalong Riewrang, Thawee Suraban, Wichai Chaijitwanitkul and Wiang Worachet.

Scum.

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