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Suthep to officially step down tomorrow

Posted by arnon_k On October - 7 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said on Thursday morning that he will submit his letter of resignation from the cabinet to the prime minister tomorrow.

“I will perform my duties for the last time today and will then submit my resignation letter to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva tomorrow, when he returns from attending the Asem summit in Belgium,” said Mr Suthep.

Mr Suthep will leave Bangkok for Surat Thani tonight and register as a candidate in the Oct 30 House by-election in Surat Thani’s constituency 1 on Friday, the last day for registration.

It has been speculated that Mr Suthep is running for a House seat so he would qualify to be prime minister if the Democrat Party is dissolved by the court for violating the election law. It is speculated he would take over leadership of the rank and file Democrat MPs, under a new party name, and attempt to reform the government coalition.

Mr Suthep, however, has denied he was preparing to become prime minister.

Pheu Thai-Gov’t fence-mending talks on track

Posted by arnon_k On September - 7 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

The five-point Pheu Thai plan for reconciliation with the government has remained on table, party deputy leader Plodprasop Suraswadi said on Tuesday, dismissing speculation about the plan aborted.

“Pheu Thai will not be discouraged nor call off the reconciliation just because someone in the government made offensive remarks,” he said.

The speculation about the collapse of fence-mending talks circulated after Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban voiced scepticism about the opposition’s sincerity by citing continuing attempts to undermine the monarchy.

This prompted a fiery denial from Pheu Thai leader Yongyuth Wichaidit.

Plodprasop said he was surprised by the Suthep-Yongyuth spat since the two had family ties and came from the same hometown, Surat Thani.

He insisted, however, that Yongyuth merely reacted to Suthep’s remarks in his personal capacity, which did not reflect on the party’s stand.

“The reconciliation plan has been endorsed by the Phue Thai executive board,” he said, adding his main opposition party is in the process of naming its representatives for fence-mending talks.

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