Thaksin’s quiet birthday celebration draws key party leaders

SEVERAL senior members of Pheu Thai Party are flying to UK to join a quiet celebration of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s 68th birthday on July 26th with his 3 children and grandchildren already there to mark this occasion, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported today (July 23, 2018).

Among those close to him who are flying to UK to be with him on his birthday are his sister Yaowapha Wongsawat, a Phue Thai party leader and former minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisan, former energy minister Pichai Naripthaphan, former agriculture and cooperatives minister Yuthapong Charassathian who is the party’s leader in the North and Northeast, as well as several other former MPs and new generation party members.

A Pheu Party source said a key party leader Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan had already flown to England to wish  Thaksin a happy birthday, having reached there before the others and will be returning before they so.

The source added that a reasonable number of people are traveling to UK but are doing so separately.


Top: Thaksin’s sister Yaowapha, left, and Khunying Sudarat. Photo: Matichon