Prayuth: Pheu Thai-led govt acceptable – Bangkok Post, May 6, 2011
The military will accept the outcome if the Pheu Thai Party is able to form the next government after the general election, army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday…
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Prayuth: Pheu Thai-led govt acceptable
May 6, 2011
The military will accept the outcome if the Pheu Thai Party is able to form the next government after the general election, army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday
He said the army supports the election and all political parties were welcome to campaign for votes in the military barracks.
If the Pheu Thai Party is acceptable to the majority of Thai people, they army would have no reason not to accept it, Gen Prayuth said.
“Don’t look down on the Thai people. Let’s give them the opportunity to think, elect and make their own decisions. Don’t give them too many guidelines. They are duty-bound to elect good people to take care of the country,” he added.
Gen Prayuth said this to a meeting of commanders of army units from throughout the country. The meeting was called to brief them on the army’s policies and the army’s six-month work achievements.
The army chief said all unit commanders have been told to support the coming election, especially by providing security as requested.
However, they have been told to avoid involvement in election procedures, particularly the vote-counting process.
“The army will provide full cooperation to make sure the election is clean and fair. All army personnel and their family members are encouraged to go to the polls. All political parties are equally welcome to campaign in military units. I have made this a policy for all to comply with,” Gen Prayuth said.
Pheu Thai want PM’s poll promise
May 9, 2011
The Pheu Thai Party wants a written promise from the prime minister to let it form the next government if it wins the election.
Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit yesterday called on Prime Minister and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and Deputy Prime Minister and Democrat Party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban to sign a promise to let Pheu Thai form the next government if it is successful.
Mr Prompong said his party had conducted an opinion poll and found that 81.5% of respondents believed Pheu Thai’s policies were realistic.
However, voters questioned the government’s policies on consumer product price controls and drug suppression.
He also urged the Democrat Party to remove billboards about its performance in government, to be fair to its competitors in the election.
Mr Prompong asked Mr Abhisit to investigate the Interior Ministry’s recent order to transfer more than 300 district chiefs. He said the order might have been made for political gain.
In response, Democrat Party spokesman Buranaj Smutharaks said the 2007 constitution allowed MPs to independently choose the prime minister and the formation of the next government should be in line with the intention of the constitution.
Pheu Thai Party had nominated Pol Gen Pracha Promnok, former list MP for the Puea Pandin Party, as a prime ministerial candidate competing with Mr Abhisit.
Dr Buranaj added that if the Pheu Thai Party was able to win enough votes to form the government, the Democrat Party would have no problems with it.