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Chavarat wants to talk with PM

Posted by arnon_k On October - 19 - 2010

Bhumjaithai Party leader Chavarat Charnvirakul said on Monday he wants to talk with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to improve understanding between them.

Mr Chavarat’s remark came after Mr Abhisit said on Sunday any party which felt uncomfortable being in the coalition was free to tell him so, and they could leave.

Mr Abhisit did not specifically name any of the parties in the coaltion, but it was believed his remark was directed at Bhumjaithai, which has been on the end of corruption allegations.

Mr Chavarat, who is interior minister in the coaltion government, said he hioped to talk with Mr Abhisit to clear up matters which might have caused misunderstandings.

He said corruption allegations involving the Interior Ministry were not supported by evidence.

There were no problems with the position of permanent secretary for interior although Provincial Administration Department director-general Mongkol Surasajja announced he would not accept the job, in the wake of alleged corruption in a computer leasing project.

Kwanchai Wongnitikorn, the acting permanent secretary for interior, and Vichien Chavalit, director-general of the Community Development Department, were now potential candidates for the position, Mr Chavarat said.

House Speaker Chai Chidchob downplayed the matter, saying the prime minister might have made a slip of the tongue.

Mr Chai, a Bhumjaithai member, said forming a government is not an easy task. In a coalition government, it was normal for parties to have disagreements.

He believed senior figures of both the Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties were still on good terms.

“Nobody felt uneasy being in the coalition. Bhumjaithai is 10,000 per cent with the government. However, it all depends on the destiny of the country and Bhumjaithai. The prime minister has the power to drop a party from the coalition,” Mr Chai said.

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