No plan to start party: Suthep

Published ธันวาคม 16, 2015 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation




POLITICAL veteran Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday dismissed rumours that he was going to found a new political party with Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra.

“That is completely groundless,” Suthep said, adding that he has not met Sukhumbhand for a long time.

Suthep’s close aide Akanat Promphan, who is also his stepson, said Suthep had maintained he would never return to the Democrat Party and would not set up a new political party.

Also a former Democrat politician, Akanat was speaking in his capacity as secretary of the People’s Democratic Reform Foundation, which is chaired by Suthep, formerly secretary general of the Democrat Party. Suthep would focus his work on running the foundation. “He has not changed his mind.”

Suthep resigned from the Democrat Party in 2013, shortly after he led a street protest against the previous government led by Yingluck Shinawatra.

Sukhumbhand, who contested the gubernatorial election under the Democrat banner, has been at odds with his party col?leagues following allegations of irregularities in the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

Earlier, amid pressure from Democrat colleagues, it was reported that “a number of supporters from within and outside the party” wanted Sukhumbhand and another former Democrat to establish a new political party, with Sukhumbhand as leader.

Wasan Meewong, an adviser to the Bangkok governor, said he had never heard or been aware of the rumoured plan. “I have never heard Sukhumbhand say anything about this.

He said the governor would hold a press conference late this month or early next year to offer an explanation about alleged irregularities within the city administration.

“The BMA needs to explain so that people get the complete information,” his adviser said, adding deputies and heads of relevant departments had been ordered to do this.


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