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Thailand Politics in a Tizzy: Will Daughter of Former Prime Minister Spark a Pheu Thai Party Revolution?

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With the energetic determination of Bangkok’s bustling cityscape in the backdrop, a poised figure stood at the helm of the Pheu Thai Party headquarters. That figure was none other than Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the dynamic and vibrant daughter of the well-regarded former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. Speaking from the podium amid the sound of celebratory merriments ushering in the 16th anniversary of the party, she made a notable announcement.

“Should the party choose me to spearhead our further growth, I stand ready to rise to the occasion!” was the rallying call from this prestigious young member of the influential Pheu Thai family. Though the leadership reigns have not yet been transferred, her promise to bring dedication and zeal to the task was clear. It was clear that she was enthusiastic about the prospect, ready to channel her energy for the betterment of the party and the people it serves.

With 37 years of life experiences and a clear vision for the future, Paetongtarn thinks beyond the realms of just leadership. “Regardless of my position in the party, my mission is to tirelessly work towards the betterment of our group’s objectives,” she spoke with firm determination. Her stoicism was unwavering even at the thought of another being picked as the party’s leader.

Proud to be the chosen deputy leader of the national soft power strategy committee and being led by the robust Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, she radiated a joyous aura. She was happy to remind the audience about Pheu Thai’s focus on the promotion of soft power policies during election campaigning.

She expressed her commitment to the parliamentary work, and said she wouldn’t mind the flexibility that remote work offers to the committee. Paetongtarn also revealed a nostalgia-tinged excitement at the prospect of revisiting the Government House, a place which housed many memories of her youth when her father was serving as the prime minister.

The Pheu Thai Party is all set to hold its general assembly come October 16. The agenda includes the election of a novel executive committee along with a new leader. Though Dr Cholnan made way for a new leader by abiding by his promise to resign if the party aligned with military-linked outfits, he continues to serve as the minister of public health.

Phumtham Wechayachai, the deputy prime minister and deputy leader of the party, echoed the sentiment of inviting young blood and capable people into the organization. And the anticipation is high among many Pheu Thai MPs who believe Paetongtarn is the right person to guide the party into the future. Addressing this expectation, Phumtham ensured that while her credentials are fit for the role, the ultimate decision lies in the hands of the party’s new executive board’s judgment.

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