By The Nation
Mingkwan Saengsuwan announced today (Thursday) he had stepped down as party leader. He said had wanted to formulate economic policies and run the election campaign, meaning his tasks had been completed.
Mingkwan would retain his membership while his resignation raised questions about party policy in the Parliament.
Phumtham said he believed the six party-list New Economics MPs would join the Pheu Thai-led coalition. Cross-party discussions had included all New Economics members, not just Mingkwan, Phumtham said.
The chief of the Thaksin Shinawatra-backed party said he would ask Mingkwan about what had happened and if he had been pressured to step down.