Pheu Thai feels heat as UDD 'breaks up'

Pheu Thai feels heat as UDD 'breaks up'

Pro-regime group is luring away its members

The sam mit or Three Allies Group said to be encouraging political defections to the side of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha: From left, Suriya Jungrungreangkij, Somsak Thepsuthin and Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
The sam mit or Three Allies Group said to be encouraging political defections to the side of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha: From left, Suriya Jungrungreangkij, Somsak Thepsuthin and Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

The Pheu Thai Party has been thrown into disarray as it wrestles with a political group seeking to poach the party's members to join a pro-regime party and support the return of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to power.

A gathering of dozens of political bigwigs last Wednesday at the Pinehurst Golf & Country Club hosted by the so-called Sam Mitr group, or Three Allies, has confirmed the speculation. This grouping is run by former transport minister Suriya Jungrungreangkij, former industry minister Somsak Thepsuthin and and the other one believed to be Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

The Pinehurst event, which was brought forward from June 30, was attended by about 50 former MPs many of whom were formally with the Thai Rak Thai Party and the People's Power Party. Those parties were dissolved by the Constitutional Court for electoral fraud. Others were from the Pheu Thai and Bhumjaithai parties.

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