BHUMJAITHAI Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul today (May 22) posted a photo on his personal Facebook page showing him with his sweetheart during a family trip to pray and relax in Hong Kong over the weekend along with a caption, “It’s like this yet news spread of coming to Hong Kong to set up a government.”
Over the weekend rumours had spread that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, invariably viewed as de facto Pheu Thai party boss who has been living in self-exile overseas following the 2006 coup, had travelled to Hong Kong and was holding talks with leaders of many political parties.
According to these rumours aside from Anutin others included Saksayam Chidchob, Bhumjaithai’s secretary-general, Chalermchai Sri-on, Democrat Party’s secretary-general, and some leaders of Palang Pracharath party.
These talks, held over a meal, centred on the possibility of setting up a coalition government should Move Forward Party led by Pita Limjaroenrat, which won the most MP seats in the general election totalling 152, fail to do so, the rumours said.
The latest move by Move Forward Party in setting up of a post-election government is seeing a coalition of eight partners with a united force of 313 MPs, including 152 Move Forward MPs, 141 Pheu Thai MPs, 9 Prachachart MPs, 6 Thai Sang Thai MPs, two Pheu Thai Ruam Palang MPs, one Thai Liberal MP, one Fair Party MP and one Palang Sangkhom Mai MP.
Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul with his sweetheart in Hong Kong last weekend. Photo: Naewna