40 countries 'back Thai election'

More than 40 countries have expressed support for the planned general election in Thailand on Feb 2, acting Foreign Minister Surapong Towichakchaikul said on Saturday.

In an address broadcast by the Thai Television Pool of Thailand, Mr Surapong said these countries included the United States, China, Russia, England, France and member countries of the European Union.

These countries support an attempt to settle the ongoing political conflict in Thailand by peaceful means under a democratic system and the constitution, he said.

The minister said the refusal of anti-government protest leader Suthep Thugsuban to join a government-sponsored forum on reform planned for Sunday showed that his group did not listen to other people’s opinions.

If the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) managed to set up a government without a democratic election, Thailand would lose its credibility and the international community would not support the country, said Mr Surapong.

He called on businessmen and academics supporting Mr Suthep's plan for an appointed "people's council" and people's government to think twice about the possible negative effects of such a move on the country.

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Discussion 1 : 15/12/2013 at 02:20 AM
Well said. Iff waiting 6 months for a cleaner system or even 12 months is what is needed, then so be it. I mean its been about 6 years of turmoil already hasnt it? What is a few more months?......Unless of course one doesnt want reform?...Hmmmmm...>DEATH FOR CORRUPTION BY POLITICIANS - ALL POLITICIANS
Discussion 2 : 15/12/2013 at 01:22 AM
Living outside, I can certify that the comments supports election, as aligned with a democratic process and with the Thai constitution; If Sudhep does not accept, does not join forum it is his right but it cannot create other government by his own; this is illegal; therefore he must be arrested this time; Thailand cannot enter in a Dictatorship context! People must understand now and reject this direction! from iPhone application.
Discussion 3 : 14/12/2013 at 11:07 PM
An election IS a referendum. If your side doesn't have the support of the people you lose. That's why the Democrats have resorted to this action as they cannot win any elections.
Discussion 4 : 14/12/2013 at 10:35 PM
Yingluck is incapable of having a simple discussion by herself let alone lead a country . The entire cabinet was picked out of loyalty to Thaksin .They are yes men who will follow orders .Have you heard of Skype ? Did you know the country is being run and I use that word loosely through it ? Of course not because you have only ten posts just like all the other brand new pro government posters that just suddenly arrived and now dominate the Bangkok Post voting .Are we allowed to comment on that ?
Discussion 5 : 14/12/2013 at 09:49 PM
If that happens then the highly touted HS train will be just as risky as riding the Thai re-worked tour buses.
Discussion 6 : 14/12/2013 at 09:47 PM
He is in the Middle East for crying out loud. I think need to get over that fugitive.
Discussion 7 : 14/12/2013 at 09:36 PM
General election is the best way to give back the power to the people. Don't let your hatred of thaksin allow yourself to support this fascist reform. I'm Thai living in Bangkok and I do not support the people council reform.
Discussion 8 : 14/12/2013 at 09:34 PM
surapong can stop clowning around and realize no country can make Thailand do as it says. only people who can do that are the Thai people... starting with the millions of them who voted no-taksin and no-PT at Rajdamnoen.
Discussion 9 : 14/12/2013 at 09:06 PM
$0 countries support a puppet government led by a fugitive ?
Discussion 10 : 14/12/2013 at 08:54 PM
Discussion 11 : 14/12/2013 at 08:53 PM
Can we have a verified list?
Discussion 12 : 14/12/2013 at 08:33 PM
Surapong is a novice as a spin doctor as well as a minister in any post.
Discussion 13 : 14/12/2013 at 08:25 PM
Yeah - is this the same "international consensus" that green lighted NATO's destruction of Libya, and the invasion and occupation of Iraq based on blatant lies? Are any of these countries shining beacons of freedom and equality? The US and EU in particular?
Discussion 14 : 14/12/2013 at 08:24 PM
These are the same people who keep electing a mass murderer into power whether or not he is on the ballot or even in the country. He killed 3,000 people in 2003 in a "drug war" stunt that is still wildly popular among these voters - you suggest that despite being unable to grasp basic human rights, the concept of a trial and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the rest of us should shut up, sit down, and just "vote on it?"
Discussion 15 : 14/12/2013 at 08:22 PM
Thailand needs a Major Reform before election, there is no need to rush and ends up the same. If it is good for the people and the country, even Heaven can wait.
Discussion 16 : 14/12/2013 at 08:16 PM
Funny thing ,the owner of the Thai Government , Mr Thaksin of Montenegro once said "the UN is not my father". Now his nephew Surapong is galloping around seeking approval from the very foreigners that his boss and CEO of the Thailand despises. BTW China is about to flick some old stock HS trains into Thailand at full retail, what do you think they would say.
Discussion 17 : 14/12/2013 at 07:52 PM
Remember, this is the same group who tried to sneak the Amnesty bill to help the Fugitive in Dubai.
Discussion 18 : 14/12/2013 at 07:35 PM
Genii - the vote is not being taken away, just the election is being delayed - it's not the same thing. Don't worry, everybody will still get their vote... Let us hope they use it properly, and not just give it to the highest payer.
Discussion 19 : 14/12/2013 at 07:17 PM
I think the best way for the country is a referendum to see what the people really want.....
Discussion 20 : 14/12/2013 at 07:13 PM
Exactly, And this is the reason why PDRC is on the street.
Discussion 21 : 14/12/2013 at 07:12 PM
Well my opinion best for the country is a referendum, that is the most democratic way, to see what the population of Thailand what they want.
Discussion 22 : 14/12/2013 at 06:38 PM
I would have thought it's how the question was phrased & asked. Off course every country wants an election, but not more of the same previous whitewash .
Discussion 23 : 14/12/2013 at 05:13 PM
They supported the electorial process, and surely never mentioned that elections need to be held within 2nd of February 2014. Furthermore China and Russia are not democracies comparable with the EU or USA, rather dictatorships in disguise. In addition to that, Surapong should work hard domestically to find consensus on reform, as he and his relatives are part of the problem Thailand is facing today.
Discussion 24 : 14/12/2013 at 04:58 PM
Strange how when it suits the take notice,it could be selective amnesia..
Discussion 25 : 14/12/2013 at 04:58 PM
More unsubstantiated propaganda from the minister. All countries are well aware there needs to be reforms before an election. Otherwise only a band aid solution on a bleeding artery recomended by PTT.
Discussion 26 : 14/12/2013 at 04:56 PM
How can fair and free elections take place when only recently (at Rajamangala Stadium) red shirt leaders boasted that they were able to gather in Bangkok again, and that if anti-govt protesters, including Dems set foot in any red province, they wouldn't stay alive for more than a minute. DEMOCRACY - Red Style!
Discussion 27 : 14/12/2013 at 04:52 PM
Of course everyone supports elections. Question is, will it help bridge the gap between the two warring parties? Elections will be held, the rift remains, and then people come out and protest again....then what?? Country needs reforms, and execution for graft by politicians.
Discussion 28 : 14/12/2013 at 04:32 PM
Just ask the public if they want their right to vote taken away. It's not up to these people in BKK no matter what they use as an excuse. The government belongs to the people not the protestors.
Discussion 29 : 14/12/2013 at 04:21 PM
Maybe the problem is the police and other branches of authority who fail to enforce existing laws and a judicial branch which caters to the wealthy? Perhaps this is one of the major reasons why people have taken to the streets? The "attempted power grab" is only in the minds of those who do not want real reforms and are quite happy with the status quo.
Discussion 30 : 14/12/2013 at 03:59 PM
Thank you snig27 - I daily read on line versions of the newspapers from London, New York and Toronto but have not seen anything about supporting an election in Thailand. I also use xbmc.com to watch the news from Russia Today, Aljezeera and CBS but have heard nothing.
Discussion 31 : 14/12/2013 at 03:56 PM
More politically correct garbage issued by state departments and embassies.
Discussion 32 : 14/12/2013 at 03:50 PM
wandee - for some reason your post reminded me of 'Thaksin thinks Peua Thai acts'
Discussion 33 : 14/12/2013 at 03:32 PM
Can i have a hint?
Discussion 34 : 14/12/2013 at 03:15 PM
Of course they promote elections. They have to. Govt's do not adhere to democratic ideologies, they simply use them when and where convenient. All these govt.'s are well aware a gullible uneducated extremely narrow voter base is being manipulated at the cost of the countries fiscal strength. Wikileaks highlighted this when leaked documents showed that the American ambassador approved of the coup in 2006. They knew it was a return to democracy. They won't publicly say as such though.
Discussion 35 : 14/12/2013 at 03:06 PM
Name one country that does not support the February election !
Discussion 36 : 14/12/2013 at 02:39 PM
What they meant was , first kick out corrupt politicians , change the elections laws and the constitution and reform the country and then have democratic elections. Otherwise Thailand will be in the same mess as before. Caretaker Surapong must stop this elections campaign, it is against the constitution. He is a caretaker, nothing else.
Discussion 37 : 14/12/2013 at 02:29 PM
Very democratic solution to exclude the people from participating in these so called reforms, don't you think?
Discussion 38 : 14/12/2013 at 02:26 PM
By dissolving Parliament, the Prime Minister has given Suthep, the so-called PDRC and the "Democrat" opposition the opportunity to prove their claim that the government no longer enjoys legitimacy and the support of the people. The only reasonable response is for them to take part. If the PDRC plan for a "people's council" has any merit the election provides the chance for them to seek a mandate for it from all the people, maybe on a joint-platform with the "Democrats". As to the legitimacy of the present electoral process, it is the same as in 2011, which they accepted then and which was declared "fair and free" by the independent observers.
Discussion 39 : 14/12/2013 at 02:20 PM
I also live on Thailand and see no reason to believe Suthep and his people are any less corrupt than the current administration. As a matter of fact Suthep has been described in the past as a notoriously corrupt politition. And how specifically does he propose to reduce corruption? It seems to me this is just an attempted power grab by a minority which can't win an election because they are a minority. If they want to have the power to change things they need to win an election. from iPhone application.
Discussion 40 : 14/12/2013 at 02:18 PM
I think it quite humorous that PT - who normally have little time for what foreigners think and indeed comprehensively ignored the advice from foreigners at the recent reform conference - are suddenly taking an avid interest in overseas opinion when it suits their agenda. Perhaps we should also ask these countries how to stop vote buying, corruption and all the other assorted ills that bedevil our country - although I doubt we would take much interest in the answer
Discussion 41 : 14/12/2013 at 02:12 PM
no need to ask those questions - it's in the international media if you look
Discussion 42 : 14/12/2013 at 02:12 PM
I cannot name any country on earth, which will not support general election, which is the best way for every eligible voters to exercise her or his basic democratic right. I guess even North Korea will not openly say that it will not support the coming general election of Thailand.
Discussion 43 : 14/12/2013 at 02:05 PM
An election is the best way forward, the protesters pushed for it and thanks to Suthep they won the right or fight ,whichever you prefer, to an early election. What Suthep is now calling for is something completely different and it goes against the will of much of the population. However I feel, Suthep and his movement is more a side show or reflection of what happening within the folds of the democrat party.
Discussion 44 : 14/12/2013 at 01:57 PM
... there's a bigger issue in the mind of Suthep that's not being told by him. It has to be, as he's acting like a man possessed. Something just does not add up with the strange cookie. from iPhone application.
Discussion 45 : 14/12/2013 at 01:56 PM
If the 40 countries understood how elections are carried out, with intimidation, vote buying and other electoral fraud to the fore, they my perhaps change their minds.
Discussion 46 : 14/12/2013 at 01:47 PM
Who is going to believe Foreign Minister Surapong Towichakchaikul ??? He is the man who gave passport to Taksin instead to issue a warrant for arrest him...
Discussion 47 : 14/12/2013 at 01:46 PM
If I lived outside Thailand I would back elections too. You have to live here to understand how significant the problems are and that it would be better to solve these problems before having an honest election,,,otherwise the cycle of protests will just continue. from iPhone application.
Discussion 48 : 14/12/2013 at 01:35 PM
Totally pointless having an election as it stands, PT party wins with Yingluck in charge, rice policy continues, try again for amnesty for Thaksin, (he hasn't gone away), reduce the strength of the judiciary. Result ,continued protests exactly as they are now and the government will fail. The only possible result is for Yingluck to quit as a first step and make the reforms before another election.
Discussion 49 : 14/12/2013 at 01:34 PM
Not that I doubt you but what evidence does the public have of this support, how was it obtained, who from and finally why was it asked for?

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