Abhisit says no to Prayut’s return as post-election prime minister
Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva made it clear today that he will definitely not support Prayut Chan-o-cha as the post-election prime minister.
In a short video clip, uploaded on social media today, Abhisit explained that supporting General Prayut’s return as prime minister would create political conflicts. After five years under Prayut’s premiership, he said that the nation’s economy is in bad shape and Thailand has already suffered enough, adding that there is “no more time to feel krengjai! (roughly translates as consideration/reluctance)”
Abhisit’s announcement is a clear indication that the Democrat party under his leadership will not be part of a coalition government to be led by the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party with General Prayuth as prime minister.
Earlier, Abhisit had also said that his party would not cooperate with any party with a track record of involvement in corruption – an apparent reference to the pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party which became infamous for the graft-ridden rice pledging scheme. However, he said the Democrats would be the core party to form the next government if the party wins enough House seats in the election.
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