By The Nation
Somsak Thepsutin, one of the three leaders of the influential group, said he expected that all new political parties would be registered within this month and so his group would make a formal announcement of its choice of party.
Somsak said the group would not take a long time for making its decision because the leaders have been sharing their thoughts all along.
Political observers believe the group has been approaching former MPs of various parties to convince them to join the group, which would in turn eventually join the right-wing Palang Pracharat Party that is known to support the junta.
The two other leaders or "friends" among the Sam Mitr trio are Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and former transport minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit.