Kasem denies quitting post to make way for Yaowapa
Chiang Mai MP Kasem Nimmonrat resigned from his post due to personal health concerns and not to make room for Yaowapa Wongsawat, Thaksin Shinawatra's younger sister, the Pheu Thai Party says.
- Published: 18/03/2013 at 12:00 AM
- Newspaper section: topstories
Mr Kasem has health problems and wants to focus on local politics rather than national politics, Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit said.
Mr Kasem wants to contest the Chiang Mai provincial administrative organisation poll, eying the post of PAO deputy chairman.
Mr Prompong dismissed speculation that Mr Kasem was under pressure to step down as MP to make room for Ms Yaowapa.
It was earlier reported the ruling party is considering Ms Yaowapa as a candidate for prime minister should the incumbent, her sister Yingluck Shinawatra, be disqualified over a loan transaction probe by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).
Mr Prompong said the opposition Democrat Party cooked up the loan scandal to discredit the government and the prime minister.
He said any Pheu Thai candidate to stand in the Chiang Mai by-election would be nominated by a committee chaired by Boonsong Teriyapirom, who is in charge of the upper North for the party. Ms Yaowapa could volunteer to contest the election, he said.
Her nomination was likely to be considered by the party's board because she is a native of Chiang Mai, he added.
The consideration of the party's candidate would not begin until the Election Commission announces a by-election, Mr Prompong said.
Meanwhile, Somsak Thepsuthin, the leader of the Matchima faction in the opposition Bhumjaithai party, declined on Sunday to discuss the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle.
He said it was not time to comment on the matter and called it blatant speculation. His comment followed a report that the Matchima faction would join the coalition government with Ms Yaowapa's support.
Manit Nopamornbodee, a Matchima faction member, said the group did not formally discuss the possibility of taking part in the coalition.
Mr Somsak would assess the situation before any decision is made.
Mr Manit said, however, that members of the faction and Ms Yaowapa had met and discussed the possibility of Matchima assisting the government.
The talks did not involve what her role would be in the Pheu Thai-led administration, he said.
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