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Thaksin calls it quits as party leader

Thaksin calls it quits as party leader

Deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra quit as head of the Thai Rak Thai party yesterday, signalling the de facto collapse of a political machine that had dominated the country until last month's coup.
"It's game over," said Bangkok-based political analyst Piroon Chatwanichkul. "Who would want to take over a shop whose political credibility has gone bankrupt?"
In a hand-written letter to party colleagues from London, where he has been in exile since the September 19 putsch, telecoms billionaire Thaksin said he was resigning to "preserve the future of everyone who loves the party."
"I would like to thank everyone for their dedication to the party and their love and care for my family and I," he wrote. "And last of all, I would like to apologize to the people and party members who did not want me to quit."
His departure triggers the automatic dissolution of the 119-strong executive of Thai Rak Thai, although it does not mean its end as a political entity.
However, with members quitting in droves ahead of army-led anti-corruption probes into Thaksin and his cabinet, there appears to be no way back for a party whose popularity was based largely on its leader's personality. Although none of them gave reasons for their resignation, Thai newspaper suggested they were hoping to avoid a five-year ban on politics likely to be imposed on members of any party that was dissolved for breaking electoral law.


Updated : 2021-10-16 07:26 GMT+08:00