Pheu Thai Party

The Pheu Thai Party[9] (PTP; Thai: พรรคเพื่อไทย, RTGSPhak Phuea Thai, pronounced [pʰák pʰɯ̂a tʰāj]; "For Thais Party") is the third incarnation of a Thai political party founded by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The Pheu Thai Party was founded on 20 September 2008, as an anticipated replacement for the People's Power Party (PPP), which the Constitutional Court of Thailand dissolved less than three months later after finding party members guilty of electoral fraud. The People's Power Party was a replacement for Thaksin's original Thai Rak Thai Party (TRT) which the Constitutional Court dissolved in May 2007 for violation of electoral laws.[10][11] As of July 2019, Pheu Thai had 22,771 members.[12]

Pheu Thai Party

LeaderSompong Amornwiwat[1]
Secretary-GeneralPrasert Jantararuangtong[2]
Founded20 September 2008; 12 years ago (2008-09-20)
Preceded byPeople's Power Party
Headquarters1770 OAI Bld. New Petchburi Rd. Bangkapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok, Thailand
Youth wingThailand Institute of Youth[3][4]
Membership (2020)39,865
Political positionCentre
Colours    Red, white, dark blue
Sloganขอคิดใหม่ ทำใหม่ เพื่อไทยทุกคน... อีกครั้ง
Let us rethink and redo for all Thais... again[8]
House of Representatives
134 / 500

Formation and opposition years (2008–2011)Edit

The PPP was dissolved by the Constitutional Court of Thailand on 2 December 2008. On 3 December 2008, the majority of the former PPP MPs defected to the Pheu Thai Party. In a PTP general assembly, the first executive commission was elected on 7 December 2008.[13] Candidates for the party's leader were: Yongyuth Wichaidit, Apiwan Wiriyachai, former Vice President of the House of Representatives, former health minister Chalerm Yubamrung and former industry minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan.[13] Yongyuth Wichaidit was elected as the party's leader.[13][14]

In a December 2008 parliamentary session, MPs of five PPP coalition parties decided to endorse Abhisit Vejjajiva as the next prime minister and themselves forming a Democrat-led coalition. The PTP campaigned for their endorsement by the PPP-coalition parties. However, Abhisit had gained their support for the premiership.[15][16] After that, the party called for a national unity government in which all parties would be involved, with Sanoh Thienthong of the Pracharaj Party as the new premier. This proposal was rejected by the defecting coalition parties and the Democrat Party.[17] On 11 December, Worrawat Eua-apinyakul, then MP for Phrae from PTP, suggested that the party should push for a house dissolution and general elections, with the hope of depriving the prospective coalition of a parliamentary majority. However, The President of the House of Representatives; Chai Chidchob spoke against the plan.[18]

On 15 December 2008, the party elected Pracha Promnok as the party's candidate for prime minister and has since been in opposition to prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's coalition government. As an opposition, the party received a rating of 3.75 out of 10 by a majority of respondents in a nationwide survey conducted on 24 and 25 December 2010, by Bangkok University.[19]

In early May 2011, Charupong Ruangsuwan was named new Secretary general of the party.[20] Following the discovery of illegal timber by Thai authorities, during an August 2014 search at Charupong's son's Mae Hong Son Province resort for buried war weapons and other illegal items, the media reported that both Charupong and his son were no longer present in Thailand.[21]

In government (2011–2014)Edit

In the 2011 general election, the Pheu Thai Party contested for the first time since its foundation. On 16 May, Thaksin's youngest sister Yingluck Shinawatra was nominated head of PTP's party-list proportional representation and contender of prime minister Abhisit. One of her main issues in the campaign was national reconciliation.[22] The election was expected to be a neck-and-neck contest between Pheu Thai and the ruling Democrats.[23] Unexpectedly,[citation needed] the party won 265 of 500 seats in the House of Representatives on 3 July. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva acknowledged Pheu Thai's success in the election, and congratulated Yingluck Shinawatra as Thailand's first female prime minister.[24] Despite its absolute majority, the winning party announced that it would form a coalition government with five minor parties. On 5 August, Yingluck was elected prime minister with 296 votes in favour. The election was approved and Yingluck was formally appointed by the king on 8 August.[25]

Pheu Thai Party Prime MinistersEdit

Name Portrait Periods in Office Election
Yingluck Shinawatra   5 August 2011 – 7 May 2014 2011

Election resultsEdit

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader
265 / 500
15,744,190 48.41%  76 seats; Governing coalition (PTP-CP-CPPPP-PCP-MP-NDP) Yingluck Shinawatra
2014 Invalidated Invalidated Invalidated Unconstitutional - nullified Yingluck Shinawatra
136 / 500
7,920,630 22.29%  129 seats; Opposition Sudarat Keyuraphan


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  16. ^ "Thai opposition 'set for power'". BBC News. 10 December 2008.
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  19. ^ "Poll gives government low marks". Bangkok Post. 26 December 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  20. ^ "Jarupong named Pheu Thai sec gen". The Nation. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  21. ^ "Huge haul of illegal timber found in the resort of Charupong Ruangsuwan's son". Thai PBS. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
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  23. ^ "No teaming up for Pheu Thai, Democrats". Bangkok Post. 10 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Thai prime minister concedes, congratulates first female premier". CNN. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  25. ^ Proclamation on Appointment of Prime Minister (Yingluck Shinawatra) dated 5 August 2011

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