More power to the family — how Shinawatra loyalists are back in corridors of power after 9 years



Preparing the new generation

Political observers view the political appointments as a way to return favours and a preparation by Pheu Thai’s “young blood” under Paetongtarn’s leadership to strengthen their position in order to gain power from the old-timers in the party.

Paetongtarn, who is serving as leader of the Pheu Thai Family, is reportedly set to take over as the ruling party’s next leader, succeeding Cholnan Srikaew, who stepped down recently to assume the post of public health minister.

Paetongtarn holds no Cabinet seat, but PM Srettha appointed her as deputy chair of the newly established National Soft Power Strategy Committee, which is officially headed by the prime minister. Her new position is viewed as a channel for Paetongtarn to play her political role through the national panel.

Also, Paetongtarn’s cousins, in-laws, and friends have got new jobs…

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