By THE NATION
Sompong quit after his strategist Sudarat Keyuraphan and her team resigned their posts the day before. All remain members of the party.
The change in Pheu Thai leadership comes after days of rumours that Potjaman na Pombejra, former wife of ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, has taken de facto control of the party and wants to restore it to its former glory. High-ranking party members have dismissed speculation that the party is about to join the coalition government, insisting it remains committed to leading the opposition.
Thursday’s meeting also selected 10 new deputy party leaders. These are Anudith Nakornthap, Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Chusak Sirinil, Kriang Kantinan, Suthin Khlangsaeng, Chaiya Promma, Anusorn Eamsaard, Yutthapong Jaratsatian, Somsak Chantapink, and Pichai Naripthaphan.
Meanwhile Nakhon Ratchasima MP Prasert Chantarawongthong was selected as Pheu Thai secretary general, and Arunee Kasayanond as spokesperson.
Sompong said on Thursday that Pheu Thai’s most important mission was to continue its long-standing fight for democracy, adding that his party will collaborate with its political network to push for charter amendments for the public’s benefit.
He also reiterated that his party’s aim is to help people, especially in this time of crisis, when everybody is suffering.