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Suthep's party to support Prayut as post-election PM

Feb 20. 2018
File photo: Suthep Thaugsuban
File photo: Suthep Thaugsuban
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By The Nation

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Suthep Thaugsuban, core leader of the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), plans to found a political party to support Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha becoming premier after the next general election, a former Democrat party-list MP has claimed.

Watchara Petchthong said on Tuesday that the party would be named the People’s Democratic Reform Committee Foundation, of which Suthep is currently president. 

The ex-MP said the new party would affect the Democrats because party members and former MPs, as well as supporters, would be divided and some would leave the Democrats to join Suthep’s party. 

Suthep resigned from the post of Democrat secretary-general and the party in 2013 to found a movement under the PDRC aimed at ousting then-PM Yingluck Shinawatra, following the notorious “blanket” amnesty bill passed by Yingluck’s Pheu Thai Party legislators. 

His movement played a vital role in the 2013–14 Thai political crisis, organising large-scale protests in Bangkok. 

The protests led to a coup in May 2014 staged by then-Army chief Prayut. 

Suthep later dissolved the PDRC and set up the People’s Democratic Reform Committee Foundation in 2015.

He could not be reached for comment on Watchara’s claim about the planned establishment of a new party.

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