Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Yongyuth is back as confusion reigns

Thaksin Shinawatra's original plan was scuttled and Police Gen Kovit Watana withdrew. So, the Pheau Thai MPs voted Yongyuth Vichaidit back as the party leader.

Why did he resign in the first place?

Well, various factions within the party were jockeying for the top position. Thaksin was said to have been persuaded by one of the deputy party leaders to put Kovit at the head of the party because he could play his "reconciliation" card more effectively than others.

Thaksin at first went along and Kovit was ready to step in when some factions, particularly those from the Northeast, opposed Kovit's move. Frantic calls were made to Thaksin who was in Russia over the weekend. A big feud was brewing within the party. Thaksin had to back off. And he is back to Square One.

Thaksin obviously is running out of "cards." If he doesn't trust Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh or Chalerm Yoobamrung to head the party -- and has to toy with the idea of putting Mingkwan Saengsuwan to fill that post -- and none of his brothers and sisters can effectively manage the party for him, then Thaksin is running out of options.

Without a real leader, Pheau Thai is being left to the Grade B, second-tier leaders who can't agree amont themselves what to do next.

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