Wiroj Pao-in named acting Pheu Thai Party leader

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BANGKOK, Oct 8 — The ruling Pheu Thai Party acting executive board selected Wiroj Pao-in, party-listed MP, as its acting leader and said it will hold an extraordinary meeting later this month to choose its new executive board.

Embattled politician Yongyuth Wichaidit on October 4 called it quits from his leadership role in the ruling party and as a member of parliament, only three days after he officially resigned from the deputy prime ministership and as interior minister in the Yingluck Shinawatra government.

The party executive board was dissolved after Mr Yongyuth resigned.

After the executive board meeting, party spokesperson Prompong Nopparit said the board selected Gen Wirote, former central investigation bureau chief of the Royal Thai Police, as acting party leader.

He said acting party secretary general Charupong Ruangsuwan nominated Gen Wiroj as he was the most senior board member.

The meeting set October 30 for a party extraordinary session to select a new executive board.

Mr Yongyuth’s resignation came after the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) ruled that Mr Yongyuth had unlawfully endorsed the sale of monastic land owned by Wat Thammikaran to the Alpine Real Estate Co and the Alpine Golf and Sports Club Co while he was deputy permanent secretary for interior.