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19 August 2008 :: 11:08:30 am 28388

Ongoing Political Turmoil Won‘t Lead to New Coup, Says Deputy PM

BANGKOK, Aug 19 Despite Thailand‘s continuing political uncertainty, there is little likelihood that there will be another coup d‘etat, according to Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Suebwonglee, who on Monday voiced confidence that the political turmoil will not become violent, as situation has not yet warranted such action.
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Speaking of a possible decision by the Election Commission (EC) to propose the dissolution of the ruling People Power Party (PPP) and the current political situation, Mr. Surapong said he is confident that the ongoing political disturbances will not worsen to such an extent that a new military coup will be staged to curb the turmoil.

The deputy prime minister believed the political situation will be neither worse than it is now nor affect confidence among investors and businesspersons.

Mr. Surapong said the imminent party dissolution had been already reported in the past one or two months. Many investors were aware of the political uncertainty and prepared for possible economic malaise.

Accordingly, he is optimistic that all parties will be able to adjust and cope with what will happen in the future.

Regarding the move by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to seek the Administrative Court’s order that three ministers in the current government regarding their roles in the 2- and 3-digit lottery to suspend their work and decision-making activities, the deputy premier refused to comment, saying only that he would wait for the court’s ruling.

Mr. Surapong is one of the three incumbent ministers involved in the lottery scam. Other two are Deputy Transport Minister Anurak Jureemart and Labour Minister Uraiwan Thienthong. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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