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Abhisit: Border issue won’t derail polls

Posted by arnon_k On June - 29 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The longstanding border conflict with Cambodia is not a factor which could derail Sunday’s general election, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said while campaigning in Samut Sakhon on Wednesday morning.

The caretaker prime minister was referring to reported comments by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, that Thailand would launch an attack across the border into Cambodia and then use the border conflict as a reason to cancel the election.

Mr Abhisit said he did not worry about the border situation because he was confident the Thai military was ready to protect the country.

He said there was no reason for Thai forces to clash with Cambodian soldiers and the election would definitely not be cancelled.

However, he admitted that polling in certain localities could still be pos

PT questions PM’s leadership

Posted by arnon_k On June - 24 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Opposition chief whip Wittaya Buranasiri on Friday questions the leadership abilities of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban, reports said.

Their speeches on the 91 deaths in last year’s protests during the Democrat campaign rally at Ratchaprasong intersection yesterday showed that both Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep lacked leadership skills, said Mr Wittaya.

The information they provided at the rally stage was not new, but it could worsen the already severe social divisions.

“This should not have been done by the person who is the head of the government. He should propose his party’s policies to the public instead, not deliver a speech that increased conflict,” Mr Wittaya said.

If both of them insisted that there were “men in black” who incited the May unrest, why was no one arrested, he asked.

During the recent censure debate in parliament, Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep had failed to give details about the bloodshed, as they did at Ratchaprasong rally stage yesterday, he added.

Mr Wittaya asked: What was their purpose for keeping the details of the violence secret for such a long time?

It was clear that the Ratchaprasong rally yesterday had a hidden political agenda, he said.

PM: Army chief won’t stage a coup

Posted by arnon_k On June - 24 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha is a straight-forward person and would not stage a military coup even if the Pheu Thai Party wins the July 3 election and forms the next government, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Friday.

The Democrat leader insisted that he was ready to take political responsibility if his party is beaten at the polls by the opposition.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban claimed on Friday that he learned that fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra had approached key figures of several smaller parties to take part in forming the next administration.

“This shows that Pheu Thai’s confident prediction they will win 270 House seats is unlikely to become true.

“The opposition party could well win only 200 MP seats,” said the secretary-general of the Democrat Party.

Mr Suthep said he was not concerned about the results of the Bangkok University’s latest poll, which showed that Pheu Thai is the most popular choice on both the list and constituency voting systems in Bangkok, and the Democrat Party is second.

He was confident that the Democrats would win 27 seats in Bangkok.

PM rejects Bangkok Poll findings

Posted by arnon_k On June - 23 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has questioned Bangkok Poll opinion survey results, which he says always tend to show only the Democrat Party’s low popularity over the past two years.

He was reacting to pollster Bangkok University, Bangkok Poll, which announced on Thursday that a survey of 3,338 Bangkokians showed more would vote for Pheu Thai, in both constituency and party-list competitions, than for the Democrats and that the gaps are rather large.

The survey found 37.9% of the respondengts who committed themselves would vote for Pheu Thai constituency candidates while 22.2% would support Democrat candidate.

On the party listy, 38.3% choose the Pheu Thai Party, and 21.6% the Democrats.

There was a substantial “undecided” group.

Mr Abhisit said different surveys by different pollsters produced different results.

The Abac and Dusit polls were different again, Mr Abhisit said.

They showed more significant trends. One is the gap between the two parties is getting narrower, he said.

The Abac Poll, conducted by Assumption University, had found that the Pheu Thai and Democrat parties were roughly neck-and-neck in vying for party-list MPs, he said.

Interviewing 5,349 respondents in 28 provinces, the pollster found Pheu Thai candidates would get 55 seats while the Democrats would win 49 out of the 125 seats in the party list system.