Issara new leader of the Democratic Party’s economic team

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Issara Sereewatthanawut, pictured, replaced former Democratic deputy leader Prinn Panitchpakdi as head of the party’s economic team. (File Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

Issara Sereewatthanawut, a party-list MP and deputy general secretary of the Democratic Party, has been named chairman of the party’s commission on the modern economy, replacing Prinn Panitchpakdi who resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct, said Democratic spokesman Ramet Rattanachaweng on Monday.

Mr. Issara’s appointment was made at a meeting of the party’s executive committee chaired by party leader Jurin Laksanawisit.

Mr Issara, 38, holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Chulalongkorn University, a master’s degree in public administration from Ramkhamhaeng University and a doctorate in engineering from Imperial College London.

He joined the Democratic Party on November 11, 2018, and was appointed Deputy General Secretary. He was elected to a party list seat in the 2019 general election.

At Monday’s meeting, Mr Issara was named chairman of the party’s committee on the modern economy, replacing Mr Prinn, who resigned amid a scandal over his alleged sexual misconduct.

The meeting also appointed Sunatcha Losathapornpipit and Huwaidiya Pitsuwan Useng as members of the executive committee, replacing Mallika Boonmeetrakul and Orn-anong Kanchanachusak, who resigned in protest against a deputy chief’s involvement in such a scandal.

Mr Ramet said the meeting was told that 100,785 new applications for Democratic Party membership had been approved. He said the party would continue its membership drive.

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