Abhisit re-elected Democrat leader

Abhisit Vejjajiva has been re-elected leader of the Democrat Party during the party's annual assembly, which also endorsed a change of party regulations for the election of a new, expanded 35-member executive committee and three other committees, reports said.

The annual party meeting, chaired by Mr Abhisit, was attended by many senior party members including Marut Bunnag, Bhichai Rattakul and Chuan Leekpai.

Mr Abhisit informed the meeting of the party's intentions in amending the regulations to make way for the restructuring of the party and of the resignation of Chalermchai Sri-on as party secretary-general on Dec 13.

He said the amendment of the party's regulations has three main objectives.

First, there will be a party central committee with former party leaders and former party secretaries-general, who are still party members, as ex-officio members.  The central committee will also have 18 other members, who need not necessarily be party members. It membership must be resourceful in economic, political, social, administrative and other fields.

The central committee is responsible for giving advice and suggestions for the party to work on.  This emphasises the need for the party to have resourceful persons in society take part, in line with the current move to reform the country, Mr Abhisit said.

Second, the executive committee will have 35 members, up from 19.

Third, there will be three new committees in the party.  They are the committee for selecting election candidates, the committee on party policies, and the committee for promotion of democracy in the party.

The meeting endorsed the change of party's regulations.

The meeting then appointed Trairong Suwannakhiri, Charoen Kanthawong, Thoedpong Chaiyanan, Suthas Ngoenmuen and Niphon Wisityuthasart to a committee supervising the election of the new executive committee.

Former party leader Banyat Bantadtan then nominated Mr Abhisit for the post of party leader without competition.

Mr Abhisit was subsequently re-elected by 98% of the eligible voters.

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Discussion 1 : 17/12/2013 at 05:21 PM
Korn would have been a better leader, Abhisits time is up, he should sit back and support the party until he has enough credibility to rise again.
Discussion 2 : 17/12/2013 at 04:23 PM
I thought it was time for a change but I guess some things just won't go away.
Discussion 3 : 17/12/2013 at 04:22 PM
He made such a poor job, that tells a lot about the other members of the party!
Discussion 4 : 17/12/2013 at 04:22 PM
Abhisit is one of the many reasons why the Dems never win any elections and are a weak party. That he has been re-elected leader of the party displays the lack of self-assessment and questioning of it's member! The only thing they can do is complaining, blaming others for their failures and losing!
Discussion 5 : 17/12/2013 at 04:16 PM
Now that Ahbisit is re-elected without any other nomination, expect the Dem boycott the election. He is answerable to Suterp and will never dare to cross him. Question is whether moderates like Alongkorn will break from the party and take part in the election.
Discussion 6 : 17/12/2013 at 03:47 PM
He's the best man for the job.
Discussion 7 : 17/12/2013 at 03:40 PM
What about a committee on how to win the election. Isn't that important enough ? or a committee on determining the reasons why the Dem's get walloped every time and how to stop it. Despite having almost double the paid up members of PTP and the bulk of the population behind them they don't have a committee on how to get their supporters to vote on election day. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. What was it Einstein said about the definition of insanity.
Discussion 8 : 17/12/2013 at 03:38 PM
They never learn from there mistakes. Abhisit will never win an election. He spent his whole time as PM trying to put Thaksin in jail and listening to the elite and the military tell him how to run the country. Mind as well boycott the elections.
Discussion 9 : 17/12/2013 at 03:34 PM
My goodness. Surely this is a great mistake but the party is for the dinosaurs only.
Discussion 10 : 17/12/2013 at 03:23 PM
I like the idea of the committee for promoting democracy within the party. All parties and government organizations should have the same.

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