Opposition party's new leader should be public's beloved: Thaksin

13:59, December 28, 2010      

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Thailand's ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra said the new leader of opposition Puea Thai party should be appropriate and public's beloved person, opposition party MPs said Tuesday.

Wutthipong Chaisaeng, an MP for central Chasoeng-sao province, revealed after meeting with the ousted ex-PM Thaksin in Dubai that Thaksin would not interfere with the selection of Puea Thai party' s leader and whether or not Mingkwan Saengsuwan would become party 's leader was depending on public acknowledgment.

Meanwhile, Chiya Phromma, an MP for northeastern Nong Bua Lumphu province, said that Thaksin had no objection to Mingkwan becoming a new leader of Puea Thai party as long as all members reached conclusion.

Nine Puea Thai MPs flied to Dubai on Dec. 26 to meet Thaksin who has been living in exile there.

Despite having Yongyuth Wichaidit as the current leader, the opposition Puea Thai party members are currently seeking a new candidate who will be able to spearhead their election campaigns and bring together various factions in the party as the general election is expected next year. However, the candidate needs approval from Thaksin, who is the de facto party leader.

The then Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra had been ousted by a bloodless coup in 2006 before seeking to live in exile abroad. He was later convicted in absentia by the country's supreme court for massive corruption and sentenced to two-year jail.

Source: Xinhua

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