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20 August 2009 :: 23:08:03 pm 7626

Red Shirts To Collect 10 Million Names To Impeach Premier

BANGKOK, Aug 20 - A key leader of anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) said on Thursday that the group will collect ten million signatures to impeach Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajijva, accusing him of malpractice in office.
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Key UDD Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan, a member of parliament (MP) from the opposition Puea Thai Party, said the UDD activists will discuss over the group’s plan to oust the Democrat-led coalition government and unseat Mr Abhisit from his post, charging that the Oxford graduate has “inappropriate behaviour”.

“Mr Abhisit has intervened with the Royal Thai Police and apparently opposed the Red Shirt’s petition seeking a royal pardon for former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, as well as having accepted a gift worth more than 3,000 baht (US$88)” said the UDD leader.

The Puea Thai party earlier submitted a complaint to the National Anti-Corruption Commission that the prime minister received a gift of ivory worth more than 3,000 baht from Transport Minister Sophon Zarum.

According to the Thai law, politicians are banned from accepting gifts valued at more than 3,000 baht.

Mr Jatuporn said the United Front will provide more detail regarding its impeachment plan on Friday afternoon.

“We will proceed our impeachment petition under the law,” said Mr Jatuporn. “Although the law requires only 20,000 signatures for the petition, we will collect more than 10 million names of eligible voters in the country as we want to show that they do not want Mr Abhisit to be their prime minister.”

The Puea Thai MP added that collected names will not be duplicated as found in the case of the UDD royal pardon petition for Mr Thaksin.

The United Front on Monday submitted its petition seeking a royal pardon for the ousted premier to His Majesty the King’s Deputy Principal Private Secretary. The group announced earlier that they had gathered nearly six million signatures across the kingdom, but finally deleted some 1,800,000 names as they were duplicated and believed to be added by its rivals. (TNA)


ROYAL THAI POLICE DELAY DECISION ON NEW NATIONAL POLICE CHIEF

BANGKOK, Aug 20 (TNA) – The Board of Royal Thai Police on Thursday delayed its decision to select a new national police chief to replace Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan who is scheduled to retire on October 1 according to the policy of compulsory retirement at age 60.

The 11-member Board of Royal Thai Police chaired by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva met at Government House to select a suitable person for the new police chief on Thursday.

Pol Gen Suthep Thammarak, a member of the Board of Royal Thai Police, told reporters after a one-hour meeting that the board could not come to agreement to select an appointee for the position.

He said even though the prime minister is authorised to nominate a candidate, there were nine persons qualified for the top job. Therefore, the board needed further information and statements of their vision for the job from all candidates.

The nine officers qualified for nomination in order of seniority were Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong, Pol Gen Patheep Tanprasert, Pol Gen Wongkot Maneerin, Pol Gen Chumpol Manmai, Pol Gen Jongrak Juthanond, Pol Gen Wacharapol Prasarnratchakij, Pol Gen Wichien Pojphosri, Pol Gen Chalor Chuwong and Pol Gen Pansiri Prapawat.

Asked whether the delay was a conflict between the police and the prime minister, Gen Suthep denied there was any discord, but explained that the Board wanted to get full information on the qualifications before making any decision.

He added that next meeting of the Board for selecting the new police chief had yet to be set as it would depend on the prime minister’s schedule. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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