Pheu Thai seeks UN chief's help against 'anti-democratic' forces

national March 25, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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The ruling Pheu Thai Party has written to the United Nations chief, asking him to condemn an "undemocratic conspiracy" by conservative and anti-democratic forces in Thai society.

In its letter, Pheu Thai told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the failure by “the conservatives and their anti-democracy conspirators” to respect the will of the people expressed during a free and fair election was the root cause of Thailand’s ongoing political conflict.
“We appeal to you to monitor the situations in Thailand closely to prevent and condemn the undemocratic conspiracy and to support free and fair election[s] so that [the] process of democratisation in Thailand continues and 65 million Thais can determine the course of their future to ensure that Thailand remains a strong member of the UN and global community,” it said.
Pheu Thai accused those involved in the alleged conspiracy of having destroyed democracy and the rule of law. “By this letter, we, members of Pheu Thai Party, wish to keep you informed of the alarming political development in Thailand and the violations of laws and infringement of human rights by the privileged conspirators and privileged anti-government protesters.”. 
The letter, in which the party’s name is misspelled as “Phue Thai”, also accused the Constitutional Court and the independent agencies of siding with Pheu Thai’s enemies in a bid to “get rid of our side” and the government of Yingluck Shinawatra.
Pheu Thai claimed it has had to endure “countless instances of double standard and injustice”. It also said, “Will the so-called ‘judicial coup’ be brought back Never before has the provision of the Constitution been so unlawfully and without legal basis applied in cases against our side.”
The letter questioned the fairness of cases against Pheu Thai and other political parties linked to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. “Several decisions of the Constitutional Court and the independent organs under the Constitution are unlawful, undemocratic and unjust,” it said.
It said demands by the anti-government protesters are undemocratic and “the reform is just a disguise to acquire power without going through the election. They want to freeze Thailand for their own vested interests.”
Pheu Thai members yesterday wore black to protest at the court ruling.
Bhum Jai Thai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul said yesterday that many parties – not just Pheu Thai – would oppose a non-elected prime minister.
Meanwhile, Nuttawut Saikuar, a red-shirt leader and Cabinet member, yesterday claimed that there were eight candidates to become a non-elected PM: Privy Council member Palakorn Suwannarat, former defence minister Prawit Wongsuwan, ex-PM Anand Panyarachun, former Bank of Thailand governor MR Pridiyathorn Devakula, former finance minister Somkid Jatusripitak, former foreign ministers Surakiart Sathirathai and Arsa Sarasin, and businessman Vikrom Kromadit. He cited sources from politics and the media that Palakorn was top candidate.

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