Pheu Thai names Viroj acting leader

The Pheu Thai executive board on Monday appointed Pol Lt-Gen Viroj Pao-In the acting party leader, reports said.

Pheu Thai members will meet on Oct 30 to elect a new leader, replacing Yongyuth Wichaidit who resigned early this month amid controversy over his eligibility to serve in political office after recently being found guilty of malfeasance in office ifor approving the illegal sale of monastic land while deputy permanent interior secretary in 2002.

Pol Lt-Gen Viroj was previously a member of the Chart Thai and Thai Citizen parties. He served as a deputy interior minister in the Suchinda Kraprayoon government and as a deputy prime minister in the Chuan Leekpai government.

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