Pheu Thai MPs to lobby Thaksin in HK

Northeastern MPs of Pheu Thai will meet Thaksin Shinawatra in Hong Kong this weekend to lobby for more cabinet seats, a party source said on Wednesday.

  • Published: 3/10/2012 at 07:52 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

About 20-30 MPs from Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani and Nong Khai provinces will try to convince the fugitive former prime minister to increase the ministerial portfolios for the northeastern region from five to six or seven seats, the source said.

Pracha Prasobdee, the Pheu Thai representative for Samut Prakan, said he had heard some of his fellow MPs talking about the trip.

Mr Pracha said he will also fly to Honk Kong on Friday to ''buy an iPhone 5'' and may meet with Thaksin. But he claimed that the meeting will have nothing to do with the reshuffle. 

“I will go [to Hong Kong] to buy an iPhone 5 because it is very expensive here in Thailand,” Mr Pracha said.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Tuesday that there would be no immediate cabinet reshuffle.

But speculation about the shake-up is rife and some MPs want to meet the former premier to discuss their chance to be in the cabinet.

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