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04 July 2010 :: 12:07:56 pm 28668

Top Yellow Shirt Elected as New Politics Party (NPSP) Leader

Top leader of the Yellow Shirts, People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), has been elected the new leader of the New Politics Party (NPSP) on Saturday ahead of next years planned general election.
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Bangkok, the 3rd of July 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: In an extraordinary meeting of the NPSP, Somsak Kosaisuk was elected the parties new leader in a landslide victory. Mr. Kosaisuk is considered an influential leader in the PAD, the group responsible for driving out three former, democratically elected, Thai governments.

Mr. Kosaisuk’s appointment follows the resignation of former leader Sondhi Limthongkul on the 14th of May. Mr. Limthongkul resigned citing a need to devote more time to his Thai-language daily newspaper, The Manager, as well as other PAD activities.

During in the extraordinary meeting in which Mr. Kosaisuk was voted the NPSP party leader, five other candidates for the position pulled out of the race as a further 71 members abstained from voting. Suriyasai Katasila remained the party’s Secretary-General while Samran Rodphet was appointed the Deputy Party Leader and Party Spokesman. Both men were also consequently core leaders of the PAD.

The appointment of a largely Yellow Shirt influence by the New Politics Party signifies their strong intentions to contest the upcoming election, due to be held early in 2011.

After being elected as leader of the party, Mr Somsak said he would continue the party’s policy in addressing and resolving the country’s poverty, working for the people and that he would work tirelessly for the party.

Departing leader Sondhi Limthongkul will best be remembered, by his supporters, for his staunch opposition to the Thaksin Shinawatra led government. He played a key role as one of the Yellow Shirts ‘core group’ of leaders who organised mass marathon protests, which brought about the downfall of the Thaksin administration.

Following the military coup to oust Thaksin Shinawatra from power, Sondhi was again involved in the downfall of a further two, democratically elected, governments, those of Somchai Wongsawat and Samak Sundaravej.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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