BURI RAM : De facto leader of the Bhumjaithai Party Newin Chidchob has announced he will wash his hands of politics and dedicate himself to promoting his football club.
Newin Chidchob, a keymemberof the Bhumjaithai Party, confirms he will not return to politics. Speaking from his BuriRamhomeon the occasion of his 54th birthday, the veteran politician said he willnowfocus on promoting his football club. SURACHAI PIRAGSA
The veteran politician, who is now free from his five-year political ban, yesterday made it clear in an interview at his residence in Buri Ram that he would not return to politics. He also named Anuthin Charnvirakul as a suitable choice for party leader.
A large number of Bhumjaithai MPs, senior government officials and local businessmen turned up at his house in Muang district to wish him a happy birthday. Mr Newin celebrated his 54th birthday yesterday.
He was among the so-called "House No.111" politicians whose five-year ban from politics expired on May 30. The 111 former Thai Rak Thai executives were banned from participating in politics for five years when their party was disbanded for electoral fraud.
Mr Newin said he would not return to politics because he is now happy running his Buri Ram United football club with the intention of encouraging Thai footballers to play professionally abroad. He said he would be happy to give political advice, if asked, but his involvement would not extend to serving in any political posts.
"I no longer have any ambitions to assume any political positions," he said.
"Even if I am offered a cabinet post, I will turn down the offer. Why should I bring trouble to myself? Now I am happy with my role," said the key member of the Bhumjaithai Party.
Asked about the Bhumjaithai Party assembly called for Oct 14 to select new party executives, he said Mr Anuthin would make a suitable choice for party leader. A new generation should step up to create a new political dimension free from conflicts, he said.
Mr Newin admitted he had many conflicts with people in political circles. If he stayed in politics, these conflicts would only continue, he added.
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