Saturday, October 23, 2010

Chalerm vs Mingkwan as next PM? Not by a long shot

Two major factions have emerged within Pheau Thai Party, vying for the premiership: Chalerm Yoobamrung and Mingkwan Saengsuwan.

Chalerm spearheads a group that focuses on campaigning for the return of Thaksin Shinawatra as the main theme in the upcoming election.

Mingkwan's supporters want to distance themselves from Thaksin. Instead, the pitch for Mingkwan is to concentrate on pushing for someone with sufficient economic acumen to head the next government.

But then, of course, both camps eventually fall under Thaksin's influence.

Those in the know say neither Chalerm nor Mingkwan is in a position to pick and choose though. The last word will have to come from Thaksin who has made it publicly known that there are six candidates for the premiership if Pheau Thai wins the next election.

None of the six, however, can produce the "wow" effect so far. Thaksin has told his Pheau Thai members: "Don't be afraid to be labelled as my nominee."

In other words, it is no longer possible or credible for anyone in the party to claim to be himself -- or herself -- for that matter.

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