In the latest wave of political maneuverings, Thailand’s major political force, the Pheu Thai Party, is orchestrating a tactical convergence with its seven coalition associates. The crux of this meeting is geared towards deliberating the path to allow the eight-party alliance to continue to command influence. The meeting aftermath would involve updating other political entities outside the coalition and opposition figureheads. The Deputy Leader of the Pheu Thai Party, Phumtham Wechayachai, was the bearer of this news yesterday.
Phumtham revealed plans to iron out the logistics of date and time for the meeting, aligning with a pivotal Parliamentary vote scheduled this Friday. He remarked that representatives from non-coalition parties, including Bhumjaithai, Chartthaipattana, the pro-military Palang Pracharath, and United Thai Nation, along with some senators who interacted with the Pheu Thai representatives this week, exhibited irrevocable repulsion towards any change in Section 112. The shared dissent was that they’ll resist siding with Pheu Thai in the event of the Move Forward Party’s potential inclusion in the ruling government coalition. Phumtham elucidated their goal for the coalition gathering.
“Our agenda for the meeting is to ascertain the future course of action. How will other parties, prominently the MFP, contribute towards formulating a viable government? We expect MFP to land a decision on this matter.”
In light of MFP leader Pita Limjaroenrat’s second unsuccessful endeavor to ascend to the PM’s position on July 19, the Pheu Thai party is likely to propose their contender. The second resolution did not garner enough support since the majority of MPs and senators perceived Limjaroenrat’s nomination as a recurring futile attempt, an act in contravention of Article 41 of the House regulations.
The Parliamentary President, Wan Muhamad Noor Matha, shared that the next window for the PM vote would be this coming Friday. However, this might face deferment contingent upon the Constitutional Court’s judgement regarding a petition against Pita’s renominated rejection, set to be announced this Thursday. If the court repudiates the petition, the prime minister’s vote will ensue the following day. In contrast, if the petition is upheld, the parliamentary vote will be deferred until the court pronounces its final decision, which may extend to another week.
Thida Thavornseth, a vehement political activist and former chairperson of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), colloquially known as the ‘red shirts,’ broadcasted a definitive warning to Pheu Thai on Facebook concerning a new government alliance with the PPRP and UTN. Thavornseth emphasized the red shirt group’s fundamental principle, born out of the 2006 coup, to contend against dictatorships. She asserted that while the red shirts indomitably advocate for democracy and embrace Pheu Thai Party’s democratic ideology, they concurrently support MFP’s democratic policies as well.
Thida delivered an unambiguous caution that if Pheu Thai decides to realign their loyalty and join forces with the PPRP and UTN in the coalition, the UDD will disassociate from Pheu Thai and express their discontent through action, as indicated by the Bangkok Post.