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Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana

Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana resulted from a merger of two political groups, both headed by former Thai Rak Thai figures banned from politics for five years after the May 2007 dissolution of TRT: The "Ruam Jai Thai" group of economic policymaker Somkid Jatusripitak, and the "Chart Pattana" group of Suwat Liptapanlop. Led by former Army Commander Chettha Thanacharo, the party was strong principally in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) province (in the Northeast), with inroads of undetermined strength elsewhere. General Chettha also served a stint as Thaksin's Defense Minister. Somkid provided a public image that appeals to some Bangkok residents, while Suwat provides a strong group of former MPs in Nakhon Ratchasima. Despite a stint as Thaksin's Defense Minister, Chettha did not have strong experience in party politics; he was assisted by his Secretary General, Pradit Phataraprasit, a wealthy businessman and former Democrat Party Secretary General.

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