Jarupong Ruangsuwan was elected the new leader of the Pheu Thai Party, as expected and without competition, during Tuesday’s election of the party’s new 19-member executive committee.
The election was necessitated by the resignation of Yongyuth Wichaidit as party leader. Mr Yongyuth resigned after he was found by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to have committed malfeasance in office in connection with the Alpine land case while acting interior permanent secretary in 2002.
The term of the executive committee automatically terminated following his resignation.
At today’s party meeting, Col Apiwan Wiriyachai proposed Mr Jarupong, aged 66, for the leadership. Mr Jarupong was unopposed.
Of the 334 members who attended the meeting, all but two voted for Mr Jarupong. The other two ballots were invalid.
The other executive committee members elected are:
– Deputy party leaders: Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Plodprasop Suraswadi, Pol Lt-Gen Viroj Pao-in, Gen Worawit Chinnawin, and Kriang Kalpinant.
– Secretary-general: Phumtham Wechayachai. Deputies: Thani Yisarn and Danuporn Punnakant.
– Treasurer: Taweesak Anakkaphan.
– Party registrar: Ekthanat Inrod.
– Party spokesman: Prompong Nopparit.
– Other executives: Pol Lt-Gen Chalong Somjai, Phakin Sommit, Kamol Bandaiphet, Pittaya Pukkaman, Wimol Janjirawuthikul, Preecha Khananant and Worawi Makudi.
Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong, former police chief, was not included in the list of the 19-member executive committee.
The list of the new executive committee members has yet to be officially endorsed by the Election Commission.
Mr Jarupong served in the civil service before entering politics. His last position in government service was permanent secretary for labour.
After retirement, he entered politics in 2006 as a member of the People Power Party and then of Pheu Thai. He was elected Pheu Thai secretary-general on May 3, 2011.
He was elected a party list MP in the July 3, 2011 election and appointed transport minister in January this year before resigning as an MP in February.
Mr Jarupong was appointed interior minister in the Oct 29 cabinet reshuffle.