Paetongtarn ready to be new Pheu Thai leader, wants father Thaksin treated at home

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BANGKOK - Ms Paetongtarn Shinawatra said on Tuesday she is ready to become the next leader of Pheu Thai if the party chooses her to succeed Mr Cholnan Srikaew, who quit on Aug 30.

Mr Cholnan had followed through on his promise to resign as leader if the party formed a government with the Palang Pracharath or United Thai Nation parties, which it duly did.

Ms Paetongtarn, the daughter of former premier and Pheu Thai patriarch Thaksin Shinawatra, was speaking at an event to mark the party’s 16th anniversary at Pheu Thai headquarters on Tuesday.

“I will accept (the party’s decision) if there is a more suitable candidate for leader,” she said, responding to questions from journalists who noted that some senior party members are endorsing new-generation politicians like her as potential Pheu Thai leaders.

“However, if the party chooses me as the next leader I would gladly accept the invitation,” she said, adding that she was set on achieving the party’s goals and had no doubt about her capacity to be its leader.

Ms Paetongtarn also offered an update on the condition of Thaksin, saying that he was recovering from surgery he had last week.

Thaksin returned to the country last month to face jail time stemming from convictions of power abuse during his time as prime minister.

He was moved from prison to the Police General Hospital in Bangkok on Aug 23 following a health scare.

“His blood pressure improves on some days but is worse on others. We still do not know when he can leave the hospital,” Ms Paetongtarn said.

On Sept 1, the former prime minister’s jail time was commuted by Thailand’s King from eight years ...

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