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Soccer games to mark end of political ban

Apr 29. 2012
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By The Nation

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Pheu Thai will stage a special football match today with former Thai Rak Thai Party executives to celebrate the end of their time in the political wilderness, Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit said yesterday.

Prompong said four teams would take part in games starting at Thephasadin Stadium at 4pm.

The first team will be made up of members of the current Cabinet and ex-ministers, who are former Thai Rak Thai or People Power executives.

The 111 former Thai Rak Thai executives are due to end a five-year political ban in late May.

The second team will be Pheu Thai MPs and senators invited to join in the games.

The third will be from the media and the fourth will be entertainers and artists.

The first game will be between the team of MPs and senators against the entertainers. Then, the team of Cabinet members and former ministers will play against the reporters’ team.

Players will then merge into two special teams to compete against each other.

Prompong said the party was waiting for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, to see if she can kick-start the games.

Former Thai Rak Thai executives who will join the event include Chaturon Chaisaeng, Pongthep Thepkanjana, Varathep Rattanakorn. Former PM Somchai Wongsawat, who was a People Power executive, will also play.

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