Pheu Thai denies ‘secret’ PPRP deal

  • A rumoured “secret deal” between Pheu Thai and the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) has been thrust into the limelight again as the wife of a close friend of Deputy Prime Minister and PPRP leader Prawit Wongsuwon has been named No.22 on Pheu Thai’s Party list.
  • Pheu Thai on 4 Apr named the 100 candidates on its party list for the 14 May general election, with senior and core members at the top.
  • Candidate Nos.1-13 are senior members with key positions in the party who are responsible for overseeing the election campaign in various areas.
  • Nos.1-40 are considered to be in the “safe zone”, with a high chance of getting a House seat, a party source said.
  • One surprise on the list is candidate No.22, or Praveenuch Intapanya, who is the wife of Gen Noppadol Intapanya, a senator and a close friend of Gen Prawit.
  • This prompted Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and now one of Pheu Thai’s most vocal critics, to call attention to the possibility of a secret deal between the two parties.
  • Under the deal, the parties would form a coalition government and nominate Gen Prawit as the next prime minister after the next poll.
  • However, Pheu Thai’s deputy leader Sutin Klungsang denied talk of a secret deal.

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