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Chart Pattana Puea Pandin (CPPP) Party / Chatpatta Puepandin (National Development)

On 07 April 2011, a press conference was jointly held by the Ruam Chart Pattana and the Puea Pandin Parties to unveil their political merger. Key figures at the conference included Energy Minister and Ruam Chart Pattana leader MD Wannarat Channukul and Puea Pandin leader Charnchai Chairungruang as well as executives of both sides. The newborn party was named Chart Pattana Puea Pandin and was recently joined by ex-tennis superstar Paradorn Srichaphan as an MP candidate.

On 14 April 2011 Deputy Finance Minister Pradit Phatarapradit has announced his resignation from the Ruam Chart Pattana Party in order to join the Chart Thai Pattana Party. While holding the traditional water pouring ceremony to celebrate the Thai New Year at his residence in Phichit province, Mr Pradit disclosed to participating civil servants and local residents that he had already handed in his resignation letter to the Ruam Chart Pattana Party on 8 April. The decision was prompted by his intention to become part of the Chart Thai Pattana Party and to work with Major General Sanan Kajornprasart, the partys chief advisor. Mr Pradit explained that he had always respected and been grateful to Maj Gen Sanan, who helped foster his political career, even though the chance for their collaboration had been rare. In May 2011 the Pheu Thai Party is reportedly considering a plan to persuade the Chart Thai Pattana and the Chart Pattana Puea Pandin Parties to establish the new government together should it win the election. Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatras legal advisor Noppadon Pattama revealed that if the Pheu Thai Party claimed victory in the general election on 3 July, there was a possibility for it to join forces with Chart Thai Pattana and Chart Pattana Puea Pandin in the formation of the new coalition government. However, he ruled out the idea to work with either the Democrat or the Bhumjaithai Parties. The revelation was made despite the Chart Thai Pattana Partys recent confirmation to uphold its vow to be on the same side as Bhumjaithai regardless of the election result. On 28 May 2011 the Chart Pattana Puea Pandin Party has announced its policy to act as the mediator in the national reconciliation effort while also highlighting policies on tourism and foreign affairs. Ahead of the general election on 3 July, core figure of the Chart Pattana Puea Pandin Party Sitthichai Kowsurat stated that his party was considered a new alternative for people who had not decided which party to vote for. He stressed the partys commitment to taking the middle road in order to help mend the social division in the country with a team of capable candidates. The "Chart Pattana" faction became part of TRT in an official merger between the Chart Pattana party (CP) into TRT in September 2004. Suwat Liptapanlop, the wealthy former leader of CP, is this faction's leader. Suwat's electoral stronghold was in the Northeast, especially in Nakhon Ratchasima, where his influence permeates every political level. Other sources report that Chart Pattana [CP] merged with TRT in August 2005.




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