Abhisit Vejjajiva
Abhisit Vejjajiva

Abhisit warns against ‘disrespecting the people’

politics September 12, 2017 19:06

By The Nation

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Going against the people’s will could be dangerous, and discussing the future of politics at this juncture without first seeing the public’s opinion in a general election was tantamount to disrespecting the people, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva warned on Tuesday.

Abhisit’s remarks came after his former colleague Suthep Thaugsuban had revealed the possibility of the People’s Democratic Reform Foundation forming a political party with a view to supporting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to continue in power.

Abhisit acknowledged that many people were concerned about Suthep’s stance.

However, he was not sure how Prayut would participate in politics because the general was not eligible to run in an election.

The former premier added that he was not certain whether there would be any party nominating Prayut as a PM candidate.

However, the Democrat leader called for MPs to vote to select a prime minister first, in order to show respect for the people who had voted for them to be members of the House of Representatives.

Abhisit stressed that after the general election, it would be dangerous to defy the people’s will.

It was not about legislation alone, and everyone also needed to look at the people’s demands as reflected in the national poll, he said.

It was inappropriate to make any assumption about what would happen after the election, he emphasised, adding that doing so was akin to disrespecting the people.

Abhisit also said he did not want to see an atmosphere of distrust that the organic laws were being left unfinished so as to delay the election.

“That would not be good,” he added.