By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PROMMIN LERTSURIDEJ has emerged as the latest one among a trio of Pheu Thai partisan candidates for prime minister, partisan sources said today (Mar.8).
Prommin is generally viewed as a key member of the Pheu Thai think tank who has been personally entrusted by de facto party boss Thaksin Shinawatra.
Prommin who was named deputy prime minister and energy minister in the time of the deposed premier about two decades ago is now speculated to join ranks with the trio of the Pheu Thai contestants for prime minister alongside Thaksin’s daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra and real estate tycoon Settha Taweesin.
Surakiart Sathirathai had been earlier expected as the third one among the trio of the Pheu Thai contenders for head of a post-election government but Paetongtarn quickly downplayed the speculation surrounding the former foreign minister.
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen who will be finally named the top contender among the trio for prime minister.
Though the party’s executive board is generally known to be in charge of putting the trio in pecking order, Thaksin who has been living in self-exile overseas will likely have the final say, according to the partisan sources.
Top: Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, left, and former deputy prime minister Prommin Lertsuridej, right. Photo: Matichon Weekly
Front Page: Former deputy prime minister Prommin Lertsuridej. Photo: Thai Rath