File photo : Mingkwan Sangsuwan
File photo : Mingkwan Sangsuwan

Latest : New Economics Party reiterates ties to pro-democracy bloc

politics April 19, 2019 17:42

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Leader of New Economics Party Mingkwan Sangsuwan on Friday reiterated his party’s stance to join with the pro-democracy bloc and against the pro-junta party Phalang Pracharat.



Amid uncertainty over which camp New Economics would team up with after the election, Mingkwan yesterday reiterated he would not join with Phalang Pracharat because of ideological differences.

Six New Economics candidates were elected in the March 24 poll. Mingkwan gave assurances at Friday’s press conference that none of the new MPs would defect.

The party’s deputy leader, Supadit Argadriks, also repeated the party’s intent to help uphold democracy with a constitutional monarchy, and live up to its pledge to voters.

Some of the party’s members on Thursday petitioned the Election Commission to dissolve the party, alleging it had fallen under outside influences related to powerful business interests.

The deputy leader insisted on Friday that the party was united. He said the complaint had stemmed from a misunderstanding.

The petition plaintiffs on Thursday said leader Mingkwan had failed to conduct a promised party meeting and that they suspected a businessman was behind his political movement.

Supadit said the businessman they referred to was his close friend and was a party member and list MP, not an outsider.

Supadit said legal action would be taken against the plaintiffs.