6 June 2024

Pheu Thai party leader Cholnan Srikaew has shrugged off a suggestion by a group of “red-shirt” supporters that the party should withdraw from the coalition, led by the Move Forward party, or take the lead in forming a coalition government.

In his Facebook post on Sunday afternoon, Dr. Cholnan said that members of the Pheu Thai fan club have the right to voice their opinion, but Pheu Thai and its coalition partners are duty-bound to bridge their differences under a democratic system.

The red-shirt supporters, led by Niyom Nopparat, rallied at Pheu Thai headquarters and submitted a 5-point proposal to the party for consideration.

In the proposal the group said that the Pheu Thai party should let the Move Forward party form a new government, support its prime ministerial candidate, Pita Limjaroenrat and support the drafting of a new Constitution, adding that, if the Move Forward fails to form the government, the Pheu Thai party should take the lead or pull out of the current coalition.

Niyom alleged that “some political groups” had disseminated false information about the Pheu Thai party to create conflict among the among coalition partners.

Citing political history, he claimed that the party which won the second highest number of seats in the House has never partnered with the party which won the most seats in forming a government.

The proposal was received by Anusorn Iamsa-ard, a party-list MP-elect, on behalf of the party.