Third in a series of posts looking at the parties who won’t come first or second in the Thai a election, but may well form part of a coalition government.
Phak Chart Pattana Phuea Pandin (CPPP, i.e. Nation Development for the Homeland party, or พรรคชาติพัฒนาเพื่อแผ่นดิน).
April 7 2011, as an amalgam of coalition partner Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana (รวมใจไทยชาติพัฒนา) and opposition party Phak Pheua Pandin (พรรคเพื่อแผ่นดิน).
Current number of seats in House of Representatives
After the 2009 byelections, Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana held 9 of 480 seats; Pheua Pandin had 32.
Origins and membership
The Pheua Pandin party is currently “taking a break” after most of its members abandoned it to various parties including Chart Pattana Pheua Pandin. The leader of the faction that joined CPPP is Chanchai Chairungrueng. The veterans holding the reins in the background are known as the the “three Ps”: Pairoj Suwanchawee, Preecha Laohapongchana and Pinit Charusombat.
The CPPP’s main objective appears to be as a holding organisation until various banned politics get a chance to show themselves again in the next few years. It is trying to maintain a presence by fielding celebrities such as former athletes and pop singers as its candidates.
The party touts green issues such as phasing out benzene fuel, promoting alternative energy technologies, and planting biofuels.
Like many of the minor parties CPPP is also stressing its credentials as a less divisive player than the Democrats and Pheua Thai. Holding out as a possible coalition partner for either of those two, it has remained on the fence on most contentious issues.