Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has called on caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to accept the fact that the February 2 general election was unsuccessful and recognise that new balloting should be called off.
He said several segments of society were agreed that the country urgently needs national reform and that the snap polls, which failed to take place in scores of constituencies nationwide, should not be held again.
Abhisit said a general election, if held, should be organised by a neutral agency, and not by conflicting factions, adding that resolutions should jointly be discussed or the damage to the country would be more severe and the government would eventually fail to stay in power.
The former prime minister added that the government should urgently help debtstricken farmers and sell rice from the state stockpiles to raise the funds to pay them.
“If rice in the stockpiles is sold, the government will get the Bt30 billion it wants for overdue payments. Why doesn’t the government take action?” he asked.