Democrat Pichet bows out of politics

Senior Democrat Party member and veteran former MP for Krabi province Pichet Panwichartkul has announced his retirement from politics.

He revealed his decision in a long message posted on his Facebook page after a meeting to elect new executive members of the party's Krabi branch.

He said he had washed his hands of politics on Feb 5 - his 70th birthday - and was happy now to simply be a former MP.

Mr Pichet, a deputy finance minister in the Chuan Leekpai government between Nov 14, 1999 and Jan 6, 2001, said he personally loved and admired party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and was willing to accept his general election boycott.

But he said he could not agree with Mr Abhisit's decision not to vote.

"No matter what the future of politics is, I would like to ask all party members not to obstruct an election, because we have never done this before," he wrote.

Mr Pichet also apologised for not persuading people from Krabi to join the protests in Bangkok, saying that he had wanted to prevent any loss of life.

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Discussion 1 : 07/02/2014 at 01:58 AM
One less Democrat to help destabilize the country. Hopefully more of his comrades will join him.
Discussion 2 : 06/02/2014 at 05:26 PM
Best wishes to Khun Pichet in his retirement. He has been a distinguished member of the party. Although I beg to differ from his reasoning for not obstructing an election, "because we have never done this before". The electoral commission said a postponement was in order. The main thrust of the boycott was for reforms to be made, so that meaningful democracy could have a chance. Exploration of any sort would never happen if everything was put on hold, .. "because we have never done this before".
Discussion 3 : 06/02/2014 at 05:08 PM
Congratulation Sir, you are respecting the democracy. You can be sure that many members of the DP think like you.
Discussion 4 : 06/02/2014 at 04:24 PM
Sounds like an honourable man. Pity he has retired. He could be exactly the kind of person that this country will need soon.

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