Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mingkwan for Premier campaign?

Mingkwan Saengsuwan has emerged as a challenger for the premiership within Pheau Thai Party. He has confided to his close friends that he is ready for the job and even if he isn't the party leader, he would be ready to take on the challenge.

But is Thaksin Shinawatra, the real party's owner, supportive of Mingkwan's bid?

Nobody is quite sure although if you ask Mingkwan's supporters, they would give you enough hints to believe that here is a good choice.

And if you listened to a statement from Suchart Lainam-ngern, a Pheau Thai MP, who said he had met Thaksin in Russia last week, you might be inclined to think it's not all that far-fetched.

MP Suchart quoted Thaksin as having told his delegation: "Khun Thaksin says the new PM from Pheau Thai would be someone versatile in economic affairs and also enjoys public support. If that's the case, we all know who that person is..."

I am not sure I know what he meant. When I checked around, apart from Mingkwan, another possible candidate who fits that bill is probably Thanong Pitya, former finance minister, and Thaksin's long-time aide.

But then, Mingkwan's faction seems highly confident that he is high up on the list of possible candidates for the premiership.

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