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09 December 2008 :: 07:12:59 am 39691

Democrats, Puea Thai Vying to form New Govt

BANGKOK, Dec 8 - The Democrats and its rival Puea Thai Party are now vying to form a new government, with both claiming they have enough Members of Parliament on their side.
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Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday visited party leaders, such as former Chart Thai Party leader Banharn Silapa-acha and former Matchimatipataya Party leader Anongwan Thepsutin. Both leaders implied a positive note towards the Democrats. Such a move came after weekend talks in which the Democrat party was able to persuade MPs of the former ruling People Power Party (PPP) to switch over to the Democrats.

“I’m assuring the people we have 260 MPs, which is enough to form a new government,” said Suthep Thaugsuban, Democrat party secretary-general.

Meanwhile, Puea Thai Party leader on Monday met with former coalition Pracharaj Party leader. Mr. Yongyuth was reportedly going to meet Newin Chidchob, the leader of a faction which earlier announced it would join with the Democrats.

“It will not be clear until the MPs announce in parliament who they will vote for,” said Vittaya Buranasiri, a senior Puea Thai member.

Earlier, the Democrat Party gathered names of all its MPs in the House of Representatives for submission to the House Speaker to petition his opening of an extraordinary session of Parliament to elect a new prime minister.

“We hope parliament could be reconvened and we can select the prime minister in the House within next week. We hope this process will happen as soon as possible so the country could have a chance to move out of the crisis,” said Mr. Abhisit.

The trio of Veera Musikapong, ex-PPP MP Chatuporn Prompan and government spokesman Natthawut Saikuea jointly told a press conference they had received a tip off a senior army officer had persuaded politicians to accept a new coalition government with the Democrats as the ruling party.

The trio said such action would be considered a coup in disguise.

Thai army spokesman Col. Sansern Kaewkumnerd denied the allegation, saying the army was not involved in politics.(TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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