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Veteran politicians form Citizens’ Power Party

Jan 30. 2018
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By The Nation

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Veteran politicians from major and mid-sized parties have got together to set up a new party called the Citizens’ Power Party.

Samphan Lertnuwat, a former member of the Bhumjai Thai Party, along with some members of that party as well as others from the old Thai Rak Thai and New Aspiration parties, alongside other experienced politicians, held a press conference on Tuesday to announce their efforts to set up the Citizens’ Power Party.

Samphan said the party would register with the Election Commission by March 1, and would then seek members as well as develop policies as required by law.

Its founders aim to offer citizens an alternative party, one that emphasises people’s quality of life, as well as political stability, he said.

Samphan stressed that the new party was not a nominee of anyone, and that it could join either the government or the opposition, depending on how opportunity presented itself.

It does not rule out the possibility of an outsider prime minister either, as it would support anyone who would make a good PM, he added. 

The party expects to win at least 20 seats at the next general election, Samphan said.

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