Over 1 mln dollars offered to Thai opposition MPs for defecting

Over 1 mln dollars offered to Thai opposition MPs for defecting - Thailandnews.net, August 5, 2010

Leading opposition Pheu Thai Party key member Colonel Apiwan Wiriyachai Thursday confirmed reports that some 50 million baht (1.55 million U.S. dollars) have been offered to some Pheu Thai lawmakers to defect from the party, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Colonel Apiwan said some 20 million baht (622,280 U.S. dollars) are for defecting Pheu Thai lawmakers.

However, he did not disclose to whom the 50 million baht has been offered in the Pheu Thai Party.

"The party does not stop the party's lawmakers from defecting to join other political parties. The move is on a voluntary basis, " the Pheu Thai Party's key figure said.

In a related development, the Nation online Wednesday quoted a source from the major coalition Bhum Jai Thai Party as saying the party has expected many lawmakers from other political parties to join it ahead of the next general election.

Lawmakers from opposition Pheu Thai and Pracharaj, as well as coalition parties such as Ruam Chart Pattana, Chart Thai Pattana, and Puea Pandin, are likely to join the Bhum Jai Thai Party, the source said.

Their defection will help boost the number of the Bhum Jai Thai Party's lawmakers from 32 at present to 56, the source said.
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