Thaksin Shinawatra declares war on MFP in Nonthaburi

Photo courtesy of Thai PBS World

In a dramatic comeback, paroled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra pledged to reclaim all parliamentary seats in Nonthaburi Province from the Move Forward Party (MFP), setting the stage for a fierce political battle.

Thaksin, without directly naming the MFP, made his intentions clear.

“In the last General Election, all Parliament seats in Nonthaburi were taken from us, but we will win them back. It is our mission, and we have to do it for the country.”

Historically, Nonthaburi, an adjacent province to Bangkok, had been a fortress for Thaksin’s political influence through his now-defunct Thai Rak Thai Party and the subsequently established Pheu Thai Party. However, in last May’s General Election, the MFP managed a clean sweep, capturing all eight House seats in the province.

Thaksin made these remarks while attending a surprise birthday celebration for Somnuek Thanadechakul, the mayor of Nonthaburi, whom Thaksin described as a “long-time ally and friend.” Somnuek, who turned 79, was praised by Thaksin for his loyalty.

“Khun Somnuek was persuaded to leave me politically, but he refused. Now that I’m back, Khun Somnuek must not leave me.”

Since ending his self-imposed exile in August last year to be closer to his family, Thaksin has been active behind the scenes, influencing the political strategies of the ruling Pheu Thai Party. After being granted parole on three corruption convictions in February due to his age and severe illness, he appears to be more involved in political manoeuvres than ever.

Thaksin’s appearance at Somnuek’s birthday, where he presented the mayor with a bouquet of red roses, was a significant political statement. The event, held at a local restaurant, was attended by local and national politicians, including Nattawut Saikua, reported Thai PBS World.

“As politicians, we cannot abandon the people. We have to work for them until we can no longer do so.”

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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