Pheu Thai favours Chadchart for Bangkok governor

Pheu Thai favours Chadchart for Bangkok governor

Pheu Thai leader Sompong Amornvivat, front centre, and Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, right, at a press conference at the parliament in Bangkok on Thursday. (Pheu Thai Party photo)
Pheu Thai leader Sompong Amornvivat, front centre, and Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, right, at a press conference at the parliament in Bangkok on Thursday. (Pheu Thai Party photo)

The Pheu Thai Party has instructed chief strategist Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan to find a candidate for Bangkok governor, and she plans to approach former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt.

Pheu Thai leader Sompong Amornvivat on Thursday denied reports the party would field Khunying Sudarat as its candidate in the coming Bangkok election for city governor.

He told a press conference the party had by consensus assigned Khunying Sudarat to find its candidate for the governorship.

"Khunying Sudarat will supervise candidate selection because she has a good understanding of the  problems of Bangkok, and has worked for the people of Bangkok for a long time," Mr Sompong said.

Khunying Sudarat would also select Pheu Thai candidates for other local body elections in the capital, the party leader said. He denied the party was limiting her role in Pheu Thai.

Mr Sompong dismissed a report that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra wanted Khunying Sudarat to run for Bangkok governor. He said Thaksin had nothing to do with Pheu Thai.

Khunying Sudarat said she would first approach Mr Chadchart to run as the party's candidate. He was  capable, used to work for Pheu Thai and had been its candidate for prime minister. Other senior executives in the private sector may also be considered.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who previously led the junta government that cancelled all local polls, said recently that some local government elections could be held this year.

Chadchart Sittipunt takes part in the Bangkok Post International Mini Marathon in Bangkok last year. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (11)

Joshua Wong, other HK activists charged

HONG KONG: Two dozen people in Hong Kong, including pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, have been charged with participating in an illegal assembly at a vigil on June 4 commemorating the crackdown on protesters in and around Beijing's Tiananmen square in 1989.

20:11

Shooter surrenders

A gunman who shot dead a suspected shooter who allegedly killed three, including a police major, at a gambling den in Bangkok’s Yannawa district on Monday night has surrendered, claiming self-defence.

19:10

Cops nab three foreign suspects

Three foreigners have recently been arrested in two different criminal cases, police said on Thursday.

17:18