Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Thaksin buys time by telling Mingkwan to prove his prowess
Mingkwan Saengsuwan won't get to become the leader of Pheau Thai Party just yet. But then, Ex-Premier Thaksin Shinawatra hasn't categorically turned down his supporters' plea for Mingkwan to be given a chance to prove his leadership.
"Let him prove that he can lead the party. Tell him to show he can perform well in the upcoming no-confidence debate against the Abhisit government," Thaksin told a group of nine Pheau Thai MPs who went to see him in Dubai to try to convince Thaksin to give Mingkwan the party's leadership.
Thaksin is biding his time of course. But he did offer some hope: Mingkwan's enthusiasm is appreciated. But let him show that he can lead the party by putting a dent in the government's credibility.
Mingkwan has a tough nut to crack. But interestingly enough, Chalerm Yoobamrung, who has openly opposed him, has changed tack and was saying today that he was willing to give Mingkwan a chance.
That could only mean that Chalerm has been talking to Thaksin, or someone close to the "big boss."
But that doesn't mean in any concrete terms that Mingkwan will get the job though.