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08 June 2008 :: 20:06:56 pm 28650

Opposition Disagrees on Dissolving House, Urges Govt to Solve Economic Problems

BANGKOK, June 8 - Thailand's opposition Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva Sunday voiced his opposition to advice that Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej dissolve parliament in a bid to resolve the national political crisis.
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Mr. Abhisit said the advice offered by former prime minister Gen. Suchinda Kraprayoon to Mr. Samak to dissolve the House and call for a new general election to end the current political deadlock was not practical.

He said the current problems arose from the ruling government which captured a majority of votes in the House intervened in the legal processes probing ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and other members of his cabinet.

Ex-prime minister Gen. Suchinda was ousted from power following violence and bloodshed in May 1992, while Mr. Thaksin lost his job in the coup d’etat of September 2006.

A number of senior state officials who formerly investigated corruption charges against Mr.Thaksin were transferred to other duties, and arrest warrants were issued for members of the Assets Examination Committee, said Mr. Abhisit, who explained that these issues are the root of the political problems.
Thailand’s police must uphold the law and fulfill their duties in a transparent manner, he said.
Mr. Abhisit advised officials who were harassed or transferred to inactive posts to lodge complaints with the Administrative Court.

The public still supports the government following through with its mandate to administer the country — if it is indeed sincere in solving the country’s problems. However, he said the crises will never end if the government continues to focus its attention on legal cases against Mr. Thaksin, said Mr. Abhisit, by blocking the activities of individual officials and the agencies they represent..

Mr. Abhisit urged former prime minister Thaksin to prove himself in court for the sake of peace in the country. Members and supporters of the anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) have been demonstrating in central Bangkok since May 25, and are now demanding the resignation of Mr. Samak as prime minister. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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