Thai opposition to discuss new leader with former PM Thaksin

13:08, December 26, 2010      

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Some MPs of the opposition Puea Thai Party will travel to Dubai Sunday to discuss the political situation and new party leader with former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a Puea Thai MP said on Saturday.

Puea Thai MP Chaiya Promma said his MPs group would propose to the ex-premier that list MP and former finance minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan be made the new party leader to lead the opposition camp in the forthcoming general election.

Thaksin, ousted by the military coup in 2006, was known to be the powerbroker of the opposition party. Puea Thai has a strong hold at the northeastern part of the country.

Chaiya admitted that many MPs of Puea Thai were worried about the next election as there was no clear cut on the person to lead their party in the upcoming polls.

He said even though Puea Thai receives strong support from local people in the North and Northeast, the party still has the problem of popularity in the Central, South and other regions that are not its strongholds.

"This is because the eligible voters in these areas, particularly the silent power groups, do not know who would lead Puea Thai in fighting against the Democrats in the next general election. If Puea Thai keeps on walking without a clear direction, it could face severe problems in the future," the Bangkok Post online quoted Chiwa as saying.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva earlier said that he would dissolve the parliament to allow a new general election to be held next year.

Source: Xinhua
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