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06 December 2008 :: 22:12:46 pm 39701

Opposition Democrats Claim Support to form New Government

BANGKOK, Dec 6 - Thailand‘s Opposition Democrat Party on Saturday claimed it has won sufficient support from the five coalition parties of the ruling government -- including some Members of Parliament (MPs) from the main party -- that it will try to form a new government.
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While some MPs from now dissolved People Power Party (PPP) said a separate press conference held almost the same time that Puea Thai Party, the new party set up recently to absorb the PPP legislators who have been forced to seek a new political umbrella, gain support as the core party to form a new government.

The former coalition government was comprised of the PPP, Chart Thai, Puea Pandin, Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana, Pracharat and Matchimatipataya parties.

Democrat Party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban told the press conference that the party would lead the parties to form a new government to solve the country’s political turmoil and prepared for the global financial crisis that started to cause impact the kingdom.

He said the Democrat Party won enough support from parties to set up a government which would be led by party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

The lobbying to form a new government was the result of the ruling of the Constitutional Court on December 2 to order the dissolution of the PPP and two allied parties in the coalition — the Chart Thai and Matchimathipataya parties — relating to fraud conducted during the general election held in December last year.

Executives of the three parties, including former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, were forced to leave their posts and are not allowed to enter politics for five years. MPs of the dissolved parties have 60 days to join seek a new party to join.

Party representatives who attended the Democrat press conference were MPs from Chart Thai who will join a new party named the Chart Thai Pattana, Puea Pandin, and Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana members from the ex-Matchimatipataya party and some members of the ex-PPP called ”Newin’s Friends Group.”

The latter group was the group of PPP’s northeastern MPs led by former minister Newin Chidchob, who was on the executive board of the disbanded Thai Rak Thai Party. The group was considered the key factor for the regrouping of parties to form the new government.

However, no Pracharat representatives turned up at the press conference.

The representatives from former coalition parties said it was justified that the second biggest party — the Democrat Party — to form the government after the first biggest party failed to form a government. It was the best way to create the unity in the society after the political turmoil.

The regrouping is aimed to remedy the rift in Thai society and to resolve the country’s ongoing economic problems.

Meahwhile, Puea Thai acting party leader Yongyuth Wichaidit, Uraiwan Thienthong from Pracharat party and Mun Pattanothai from Puea Pandin Party told a press conference that they would still form the new government as they have at least 220 Members of Parliament.
Mr. Youngyuth said the new prime minister may not come from the Puea Thai party even though the party is the largest.

The group believed that not more than 17 MPs from “Newin’s friends Group” would defect to join Democrat.

It is unclear which camp will actually win the right to form the new government, because both claimed that they can gain enough MPs. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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