Pheu Thai executive committee formally quits today

Long-serving secretary-general of the Pheu Thai party, Mr. Phumtham Wechayachai, has left his post today, along with the other members of the party’s executive committee, in order to let the “new generation” party members take the lead roles.

He said today that the resignation of the entire executive committee, including party leader Pol Lt-Gen Wirote Pao-in, would pave the way for party members to elect a new executive committee in the wake of recent political challenges.

Phumtham said that, as far as he is concerned, he has no attachment to his political post because he believes he can work for the benefit of the people in whichever position to which he is appointed or in whatever role he is assigned.

The Pheu Thai secretary-general said the outgoing executive committee has been with the party all along and supported the democratically-elected government of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, despite anti-government protests, which ended with a military coup, ushering in the junta-appointed government of General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

He further recalled that the outgoing executive led the party in the March 24th general election and succeeded in winning more seats in the lower House than other parties.

Despite the election triumph, Phumtham said that the Constitution sets out new rules that make it impossible for the Pheu Thai party to form a government, forcing the party and six other allies into opposition.


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