on February 5, 2011
on February 5, 2011
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday called on the political opposition to name their leader and make it clear whether they would "stick to the past and a certain individual".
Without naming the Pheu Thai Party or its patriarch and ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Abhisit said it was time parties planning to contest the upcoming general elections told voters what they would do for them.
"They should make it clear if they will still stick to the past and a certain individual, rather than [thinking of] the benefit to the public. They should tell people about this," he said. "They also have to clearly name the party leader so that people can make their decision."
Pheu Thai's current leader, Yongyuth Wichaidit, is not an MP and is unlikely to lead the party as candidate for prime minister in the next election.
There has been widespread speculation over who will take on the role, with marketing expert Mingkwan Sangsuwan a frontrunner, but Pheu Thai has not announced its choice.
Abhisit, who is leader of the Democrat Party, said the next election would allow voters to determine the direction they wanted the country to move in and show the world that Thai democracy had matured.
"The voice of the voters must be louder than the political groups active at present," he said. "They should let the world community know we have got over the political crisis of the past several years."
However, the prime minister stopped short of saying when he would dissolve the House of Representatives and call a new election. He said his government had not completed its task and "still wanted to work more".
Abhisit had previously said there would be an early election later this year.
The premier was delivering a speech entitled "New Election: A Hope for Thailand" at the Sofitel Centara Grand hotel during a function to mark the Post Today newspaper's eighth anniversary. The speech was also broadcast on the state-run NBT Channel.
Who : Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva
What : Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday called on the political opposition to name their leader and make it clear whether they would "stick to the past and a certain individual".
When : on February 5, 2011
Where : Government House
Why : the next election would allow voters to determine the direction they wanted the country to move in and show the world that Thai democracy had matured.