By Thai Newsroom Reporters
DE FACTO PHEU THAI BOSS Thaksin Shinawatra has arrived in Hong Kong today (Feb.25) with intent to monitor an ongoing electoral campaign in northern Thailand where his daughter Paetongtarn is wooing popular support, a partisan source said.
The Pheu Thai electoral campaign is being held over the weekend in Chiang Rai today and Chiang Mai tomorrow. Chiang Mai is the Shinawatra family’s native town.
Paetongtarn is one of a trio of Pheu Thai partisan contenders for prime minister in an upcoming general election.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission might possibly file a petition for the Constitutional Court to judge whether the Pheu Thai rank and file may have violated the law by being practically masterminded by Thaksin.
Those who are not members of a political party, either living in the country or abroad or either being a Thai national or a foreigner, are not legally allowed to mastermind the party, either in overt or discreet fashion.
If found guilty as charged, the party could possibly be dissolved by court with all its executive board members being banned from all levels of politics for a number of years.
In the name of Tony Woodsome, the former premier has regularly joined live podcasts from Dubai and elsewhere to make straightforward remarks on the nationwide race to parliament and repeatedly forecast a landslide victory for the Pheu Thai with as many as 300 MP seats.
Thaksin is invariably viewed as founder of the Thai Rak Thai and People’s Power Party, both of which had been dissolved by court over the last 16 years.
The Pheu Thai is virtually viewed as a resurrection of those dissolved camps.
Top: Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra with his daughter Paetongtarn in Hong Kong last December. Photo: Thai Rath
Below and Front Page: Paetongtarn Shinawatra, accompanied by her brother Panthongtae Shinawatra, campaigning in Chiang Rai today, Feb. 25, 2023. Photos: Matichon