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Abhisit re-elected as Democrat leader

The Democrat Party Saturday re-elected Abhisit Vejjajiva as its leader and Chalermchai Sri-on as secretary-general.

The party held an extraordinary assembly at the Miracle Grand Hotel at 8:30 am to elect a new party executive board. The previous board's term ended after Abhisit stepped down as the party leader to take responsibility for the party's election defeat.Over 400 party members, including MPs and party branches' leaders, attended the assembly and 330 of them are eligible to cast votes to elect the new executive board.Marut Bunnag, a party advisor, nominated Abhisit as a candidate for the post of party leader. No other party member was nominated to contest against Abhisit for the party's leadership.Abhisit was supported by 96.038 per cent from 330 party voters.After he was elected, Abhisit proposed a new board for the party's voters to approve.He nominated six candidates for the positions of deputy leaders - Apirak Kosayothin, Korn Chatikavanit, Juti Krairirk, Chamni Sakdiseth, Thira Salakphet, and Withoon Nambutr.But Withoon, Korn and Thira pulled out from the contest and the party's voters endorsed the three others as deputy leaders.Abhisit also nominated Chalermchai Sri-on and Chaiwut Bhannawat as new secretary-general but Chaiwut pulled out from the contest.The majority of the party's voters endorsed Chalermchai's nomination.

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