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Northeastern ex-MPs pledge ‘lifelong loyalty’ to Pheu Thai

Jan 11. 2018
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By The Nation

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A group of Pheu Thai politicians have declared their “lifelong loyalty” to the party, amid speculation that new political parties are wooing election candidates from established parties.

Prayuth Siripanit, head of Pheu Thai’s northeastern section, gave the pledge on behalf of former party MPs from the region when they met caretaker Pheu Thai leader Viroj Pao-in on Wednesday. The ex-MPs met Viroj and other party executives to offer them New Year wishes.

During the gathering, Prayuth promised that his group would “stand firmly side by side” with the party leader and other executives.

“Our lives are given to no-one else. Whether the outlook is bright or gloomy, we will still be here. We will be loyal to Pheu Thai throughout our lives. We will die here,” Prayuth said, reading out his prepared poem.

In response, Viroj asked the party politicians to prepare for the next general election and not to be affected by the reported attempts to have them defect from the party.

Meanwhile, former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh has thrown his support behind Pheu Thai, claiming that “people want the party to rule the country”.

He was speaking to a group of Pheu Thai politicians led by Prayuth, who met him on Wednesday at his home to offer New Year wishes.

Chavalit joined Pheu Thai in 2009 and left the party two years later. But he has still retained his influence among many party politicians, particularly those from the Northeast.

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