Pheu Thai in leadership spat

ANALYSIS: Members divided over three candidates for top post

From left: Ex-premier Somchai Wongsawat, Thaksin favourite Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan and ex-drug fighting policeman Seripisuth Temiyavej. (Bangkok Post file photos)

While it looks calm publicly, political undercurrents in the Pheu Thai Party is moving toward selecting a new leader to steer the former ruling party to compete in a general election expected late next year.

Despite a ban on political activities by order of the regime, the party's factions are eagerly testing the waters over who to pledge support to as the new party leader.

But contrary to past elections, a political party leader under the 2017 constitution is crucial as he or she has to be publicly nominated by the party to be prime minister if the party wins the elections.

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