Children of banned pro-Thaksin politicians to run for office

 

Thailand: Children of banned pro-Thaksin politicians to run for office

Bangkok, 9 Nov. (AKI) – Some loyalists of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who were banned from politics for five years uner a court ruling, are getting round the order by fielding their children to run in the next general election slated for 23 December.

Pairoj Suwunchwee, Ruengwit Lik and Wisaradee Wisarn – all former members of parliament with Thaksin’s former party, Thai Rak Thai (TRT) – have already announced that their children will contest the vote in their constituencies.
The TRT was dissolved on 30 May after it was charged with electoral fraud for bribing smaller parties to run in the boycotted April 2006 election, which the courts eventually declared null and void.

The three politicians are among the 111 members of the TRT that were banned from politics for five years in the same ruling.

The politicians’ sons and daughters will run under the People Power Party (PPP), a political formation openly declared as the reincarnation of TRT.
According to the Thai daily The Nation, Pairoj Suwunchwee will be represented by his son, Polapee, 25, who is currently studying for his master’s degree at the London College of Communication. Pairoj said “people at my constituency asked me to field my son on my behalf.”

Likewise, Ruengwit claimed that “my support base should be strong enough to send my son, Pai, 28, to parliament”.

But Techatheerawat, 25, daughter of Wisaradee Wisarn, claimed that her decision to join the political fray was not influenced by her father.

“My father never asked me to replace him for the election. He didn’t want me to run, but I want to prove that I can do it. I want to be a politician,” she told the daily newspaper.

However, Thaksin’s loyalists are not the only ones fielding their children. Sakolthi Phattiyakul, the son of General Winai Phattiyakul, secretary-general of the Council for National Security (CNS), is also set to run at the election, although under the banner of the Democrat Party.

Winai Phattiyakul denied having influenced his son’s decision.
The CNS is the main institution of the junta that ousted Thaksin from power on 19 September 2006.

According to political analysts, the junta is lending their support to the Democrat Party, currently seen as the favourite party for the election.

 

AKI – Adnkronos international Thailand: Children of banned pro-Thaksin politicians to run for office

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