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Pheu Thai Party names premiership hopefuls 

Jan 31. 2019
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By The Nation

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Former coalition leader Pheu Thai Party said on Thursday that its de facto leader Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, popular figure Chatchart Sittipan and core leader Chaikasem Nitisiri would be on its premier candidate list.

The Election Commission requires that the lists be submitted by next Friday. All parties can put up to three candidates on their lists.

Pheu Thai Party told a press conference the three candidates were equal on the list.

Its leader Viroj Pao-in had withdrawn from being on the prime minister list, according to the party secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai.

Viroj would be a list MP as well as the three prime ministerial candidates, he said. The party would submit 100 party-list MPs for the March election, he added.

The party would field candidates in 250 of the total 350 available constituencies, Phumtham said, adding that he believed the parties would challenge strongly in all the 250 constituencies. 

It is uncommon for a large party to not field candidates in all constituencies. But Phumtham denied it was a way for the other Shinawatra-camp parties, such as Thai Raksa Chart or Pheu Chart, to win seats in those areas. 

Phumtham said because of the conditions in the new charter, the party wanted to field in candidates only in constituencies it was confident it would win.

The candidacy applications will be made on Monday and the list MPs and prime minister list would be submitted on Tuesday, he added.

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