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Court begins reading verdict

Posted by arnon_k On November - 29 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

The Constitution Court began reading its verdict in the electoral fraud case against the ruling Democrat Party at 2pm on Monday as scheduled.

The reading of the verdict was being broadcast live on state television stations.

The case concerns an allegation that the ruling party misused 29 million baht in funds which the Election Commission gave it to help with its campaign in the April 2, 2005 general election.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was seen sitting with Democrat chief adviser Chuan Leekpai, who delivered the party’s closing defence statement.

Poll: 50% fear court result

Posted by arnon_k On November - 29 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Almost half the people questioned were afraid for the country’s future in light of the dissolution case against the ruling Democrat Party – a scenario which could see Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva banned from politics and have to step down – according to an Abac poll released yesterday.
Some 53 per cent of total respondents asked how they felt about the party dissolution case said they still had hope and were ready to move forward. Nearly 47 per cent said they were concerned about the results of the trial.

Asked which politician they believed should help reform the country, 56.2 per cent said Chuan Leekpai, 49.3 per cent said Thaksin Shinawatra, 49.3 per cent Abhisit Vejjajiva, 47.4 per cent Suthep Thaugsuban, 46.8 per cent Sondhi Limthongkul, 40.9 per cent Jatuporn Promphan, 38.5 per cent Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, 31.2 per cent Newin Chidchob, 30.2 Banharn Silapa-Archa and 28.9 Sonthi Boonyaratagalin.

Asked to list the top 10 most serious threats to the country’s development, 90.7 of respondents said national divisions, 87.5 per cent said corruption, 84.9 per cent said bad practices by politicians, 81.5 per cent said bad behaviour by bureaucrats, 73 per cent said centralisation of power, 69 per cent said ineffective management of state officials, 64.6 per cent said a coup, 62.8 per cent capitalists’ taking advantage of the public, 60.9 per cent said lack of quality education, 53 per cent blamed the Constitution.

The survey found the country’s gross national happiness had dropped from 6.57 in September to 5.42 in November – a fluctuation which meant the public was not secure.

The pollster pointed to a host of problems haunting the country – from national divisions, corruption, bad practices by politicians, bureaucrats, and centralisation of power by a small group of people.

A total of 2,260 families with respondents over 18 years took part in the survey from November 10-27 (Saturday). It was conducted in 17 provinces across the country including Bangkok

Chuan delivers closing statement

Posted by arnon_k On November - 29 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Democrat Party chief advisor Chuan Leekpai, the head of the Democrat legal defence team, represented the party to make a closing statement of the party dissolution case at 10:15 am Monday.

Democrat Party chief advisor Chuan Leekpai Tuesday promised to vote for charter amendments in line with the party’s resolution.
He said no Democrat MPs would vote against the amendments because they would comply with the party’s resolution.
Chuan denied that he had staged a walkout from the party meeting on Monday.
He said he left the meeting to attend a meeting of party’s legal defence team for the party dissolution case.