Opinion: Somphong Amornvivat, a close Thaksin ally, seen as another candidate to lead Pheu Thai

The rumor started after Thaksin Shinawatra’s ex-wife, Potjaman na Pombejra, was granted an audience with King Vajiralongkorn.

The rumors reached fever pitch when Sudarat Keyuraphan resigned as one of the leaders of the Pheu Thai party.

Whoever takes over as leader, if they take the country’s largest party to join with the military-backed coalition as rumors suggest, Pheu Thai will be no more.

Why? Because Thaksin and Pheu Thai’s board are nothing without its members and supporters.

If they do join the coalition, then the ideological based members will be all gone and their supporters will leave to Move Forward Party.    

Local news quoting a source close to Thaksin denied that the former PM and his party is looking to join forces with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and his Palang Pracharath Party.

They said Thaksin would not buy his way back to the country and sacrifice his morals.

But that hasn’t stopped rumors that Thaksin was going to join the coalition if he receives a royal pardon.

Sounds far fetched but leaders of pro-democracy protestors have been sharing news that a national government was on the cards for ages.

And this was before Sudarat’s resignation and Potjaman’s reappearance on the political scene!

Thursday’s election vote at Pheu Thai is all about Thaksin reasserting control over the party.

The ex-premier was, by all accounts, fed up with Sudarat and her weak leadership. It was because of Sudarat that several senior members left to form the Care Group.

Among the leaders being suggested by the party, veteran Somphong Amornvivat was suggested as a possible candidate due to his loyalty to Thaksin and his ability to reach out to the Care Group Members.

If Somphong is elected, it would signal Thaksin once again taking an assertive role inside the party.

Either way, the party looks set to go back to the shameful slogan of Thaksin Think, Pheu Thai Do.    

And if a pardon is on the cards, who knows what Thaksin will do.

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