Former protest leader Suthep the 'coach' of new Thai party

Supporters surrounding former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban at an intra-party voting centre yesterday. He promised not to rejoin politics after leading the 2014 street protests.
Supporters surrounding former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban at an intra-party voting centre yesterday. He promised not to rejoin politics after leading the 2014 street protests.ST PHOTO: TAN HUI YEE

BANGKOK • Former central bank governor Chatumongkol Sonakul was picked to lead the new Action for Coalition for Thailand (ACT) party yesterday but the retired 75-year-old told The Sunday Times: "I'm not actually actively leading the party as such, day to day."

Most of the spotlight during the intra-party election fell on former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who led the massive demonstrations in downtown Bangkok in 2014 that paralysed the Pheu Thai Party-led government and triggered a military coup.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 16, 2018, with the headline 'Former protest leader Suthep the 'coach' of new Thai party'. Print Edition | Subscribe