Thursday, June 4, 2009

New Politics, new challenge, new test

The New Politics Party (NPSP) was officially registered today with the National Election Commission. But who's going to be the real party leader?

Will Somsak Kosaiyasuk, the temporary party leader, be made the permanent one? Suriyasai Katasila, the secretary-general, admits that the five core members have yet to iron out the role of the leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in the new party.

"We will meet again this Saturday to continue our discussion within the inner circle on what role each of the five core members would play. There are strong pros and cons for and against the five leaders being involved in the politics of party and that of a pressure group. Whether Khun Sondhi (Limthongkul) will eventually lead the party or not remains an open question," Suriyasai said. He said he wan't quite sure whether he will remain the party's secretary-general after the initial period of about three months of laying the party's ground work is done.

The challenge of running PAD and the New Politics Party at the same time is unprecedented in Thailand -- and the real test has just begun.

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