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Small parties eye more bargaining power through merger
« on: December 23, 2009, 07:28:12 AM »
Small parties eye more bargaining power through merger

The merger of the Wang Payanak faction of Puea Pandin Party, and Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana Party, could mark the beginning of unification of small parties.

While the political situation is caught in a stalemate, with fierce fights between opposing camps, the decision to dissolve the House that can lead to another election is in the hands of the main ruling coalition party, the Democrat, alone.

The tide then seems to be on the Democrat's side.

After careful analysis, key members of the coalition agreed that the Pheu Thai Party is likely to win if an election takes place soon, no matter if it is before or after a censure debate.

They therefore agreed to continue to support the Democrat-led government. In the meantime, they must make the most of the remaining time to prepare to fight for House seats representing the people in the Northeast, where former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra continues to be very popular.

That was the main reason behind the hurry to join hands politically to win the people's acceptance in vast areas of the Northeast.

Through the initiative of Preecha Laohapongchana from Puea Pandin's Wang Payanak faction, Pairote Suwanchawee of the same party is joining hands with Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana's "big boss" Suwat Liptapanlop. The two were rivals in Nakhon Ratchasima but have now agreed to make the province their base to woo the Northeast.

Preecha has been in talks with Suwat for quite some time. Last month, Suwat flew to Hong Kong to meet Preecha and his group over a meal.

If the merger succeeds, it would not only upgrade the two small parties to a mid-sized party, but it would also be the first time all the MPs of Nakhon Ratchasima would be from the same party.

After all, the two parties are pleased to become other than a small party which they can no longer accept.

The current political situation is motivating the parties to gain more power for negotiation while joining the government.

"We have been ignored in past negotiations as we were small parties. Even though we got something, it was not what we wanted. We believe becoming a bigger party will promote our position in politics," a key member of one of the parties said.

Another key member of the parties, who also asked not to be named, said: "So far, this government only listens to Bhum Jai Thai Party. The Democrats barely see Chart Thai Pattana, which is about the same size as Bhum Jai Thai, or any other coalition parties - Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana, Puea Pandin or Social Action."

A source from the inner circle said the deal between the two parties had been almost sealed, and was awaiting a name for the new party.

"Lightheartedly, we have discussed names like Puea Pandin Pattana or Puea Pattana Pandin. We haven't decided seriously," the source said.

Whether the merger will succeed and whether it would mark the beginning of merger with other coalition parties like Chart Thai Pattana and Social Action, will have to be seen.

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Re: Small parties eye more bargaining power through merger
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2009, 07:58:04 AM »
This will be very interesting how this plays out.  BTW, DD thank you for posting these news bits.