Viroj elected Pheu Thai leader, Phumtham secretary-general

Viroj elected Pheu Thai leader, Phumtham secretary-general

Pol Lt Gen Viroj Pao-in (front centre) was picked to head Pheu Thai at a general assembly on Sunday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)
Pol Lt Gen Viroj Pao-in (front centre) was picked to head Pheu Thai at a general assembly on Sunday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

Pol Lt Gen Viroj Pao-in and Phumtham Vechayachai, the acting leader and secretary-general of the Pheu Thai Party, were officially made party leader and party secretary-general at a general assembly on Sunday.

Laddawan Wongsriwong, a former deputy labour minister and core party member, was named party spokeswoman.

A secret vote was held during the assembly on Sunday to elect the 15-member executive committee. The vote results were announced at about 2pm.

- Pol Lt Gen Viroj, the party leader, and four deputy leaders: Plodprasop Suraswadi, Kittiratt Na Ranong, Kriang Kaltinand and Pol Lt Gen Somsak Janthapink; 

- Mr Phumtham, the party secretary-general, and four deputies: Danuporn Punnakan, Anuttama Amornvivat, Paophum Rojanasakul and Tawatchai Suthibongkot; 

- Five other executive committee members: Ms Laddawan, the spokeswoman; Taweesak Anakkhaphan, the treasurer; Jakrapong Saengmanee, the party registrar; Pittaya Pukkaman; and Preecha Thananan.

Apart from the executive committee, an 11-member committee for screening election candidates was also elected. The 11 members are Pol Lt Gen Viroj, Mr Kittiratt, Mr Plodprasop, Mr Phumtham, Khunying Sudarat, Pongsak Raktapongpaisal, Chusak Sirinil, Chaikasem Nitisiri, Prayut Siripanich, Anudit Nakornthap and Tanusak Lek-uthai.

Sanoh Thienthong, a senior party member, was named party chairman.

The names of the new executive committee will be forwarded to the Election Commission for approval before taking effect.

New leader Pol Lt Gen Viro Pao-in is greeted at Pheu Thai's general assembly on Sunday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

Khunying Sudarat was additionally named chairwoman of the party's strategic committee to formulate party policies. In this position, she is said to be entitled to be listed as one of the party's three candidates for the post of prime minister.

What I have to do now is to gather all the capable people in the party and bring out their best to work for the people," Khunying Sudarat told reporters at the assembly.

"We will now go and talk to the people and consult them to formulate our party's policies," she added.

Newly elected party executives said it was too soon for the party to nominate its candidate to contest for prime minister and instead will focus on working out the party's policies first.

Mr Phumtham said that in recent years, the country has faced many problems while Pheu Thai has been subjected to various forms of intimidation.

Without being specific, he said Pheu Thai has been targeted for destruction by numerous people and groups, but the party has been saved by the people.

Mr Phumtham declared Pheu Thai is now ready to contest the forthcoming election.

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