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Key Pheu Thai politi­cians re­sign

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>>The Pheu Thai Party will hold a meet­ing to­mor­row to se­lect new ex­ec­u­tive board mem­bers to re­place Som­pong Amorn­wi­wat and Khun­y­ing Su­darat Keyu­raphan af­ter they re­signed from the board.

Mr Som­pong was the party’s leader, while Khun­y­ing Su­darat was chief strate­gist. They, and a hand­ful of other key mem­bers, re­signed from the Pheu Thai strate­gic com­mit­tee ear­lier last week. The rea­son given is they want to en­cour­age re­form in the party.

The oth­ers were for­mer par­lia­ment pres­i­dent Pokin Po­lakul, for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Kit­ti­ratt Na-Ranong, for­mer deputy premier Pongthep Thep­kan­jana and for­mer deputy com­merce min­is­ter Wat­tana Muang­sook. They are all still mem­bers of the party.

Mr Som­pong, who is op­po­si­tion leader, has yet to an­nounce his res­ig­na­tion, but he’s al­ready met many high-rank­ing party of­fi­cials at par­lia­ment to say his farewell. Ear­lier, he spoke about Khun­y­ing Su­darat’s res­ig­na­tion, say­ing the news about her leaving her post was alarm­ing since the chief strate­gist was an im­por­tant per­son in the party.

Khun­y­ing Su­darat worked tire­lessly and fought for the party, he said, adding he has not been in touch with her since the res­ig­na­tion and hopes to speak with her. Sources said Mr Som­pong still has a chance to back­track on his res­ig­na­tion since he is still op­po­si­tion leader. The con­sti­tu­tion stip­u­lates an op­po­si­tion leader must be a party leader with the most MPs at the House. Mr Som­pong is the old­est MP and a re­spected fig­ure in the Pheu Thai Party.

Mr Wat­tana wrote on his per­sonal Face­book page that he has de­cided to leave the strate­gic com­mit­tee af­ter Khun­y­ing Su­darat, Mr Pokin and Mr Pongthep quit. He said he is still a mem­ber of the Pheu Thai Party and was ready to fight for democ­racy.

In ad­di­tion, Pheu Thai MP for Bangkok Ji­rayu Huangsap also re­signed from his deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral post.

All eyes are now on Capt Anu­dith Nako­rn­thap, the party’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral, who is close to Khun­y­ing Su­darat.

Pheu Thai MPs, par­tic­u­larly those rep­re­sent­ing north­east­ern prov­inces, re­port­edly sug­gested that a meet­ing be held for Khun­y­ing Su­darat to in­form all party mem­bers of the real rea­son for her res­ig­na­tion.

In Jan­uary, there were wide­spread news re­ports of her res­ig­na­tion.

A Pheu Thai source said the re­ports were un­true and who­ever made up the story was out to desta­bilise and sab­o­tage the party.

Ear­lier, there was also talk about a pos­si­ble res­ig­na­tion of Mr Som­pong.

If he re­signed, the cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive board of the party would have to leave to pave the way for a new board, sources said.

Some be­lieve that Capt Anu­dith, the sec­re­tary-gen­eral, might be re­placed by a Pheu Thai MP who is close to for­mer prime min­is­ter Thaksin Shi­nawa­tra.

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