Pheu Thai 'ready for election'

The Pheu Thai Party is ready for the elections following the House dissolution and believes Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will run for election again, party leader Charupong Ruangsuwan said on Monday.

Mr Charupong said the Pheu Thai executive committee would meet in one or two days to lay down an election strategy.

He said the return to politics of 109 executives of dissolved political parties would liven up the elections and also do away with a possible problem over selection of election candidates.

Mr Charupong said he believed Ms Yingluck would again run in the election because people wanted her to return as prime minister.

The Pheu Thai Party leader had words of advice for the Democrat Party. "Don't be afraid of an election," he said. "Don't play a street game. Although you have lost in the last eight elections, one day you might win."

Mr Charupong said that fellow coalition parties yesterday confirmed they would continue working with Pheu Thai. "It is also possible that some of the opposition members would join us," he added.

Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said he also believed Ms Yingluck would run again, but had not talked to her about it.

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Discussion 1 : 10/12/2013 at 05:53 PM
Most PT people appear to be totally blind of what will actually happen when LOS is in Thaksin's hands for another 10 years. ASEAN will hit Thailand like a sledgehammer. Elections will be pro forma, just like the next one. Corruption scams will bankrupt the country and your PM will be on holiday. Always a Shinawatra for PM. Civil war will be always around the corner. Credit ratings will drop. Organisations like the IMF will officialy advice investors to take their money elsewhere. Thai rice will be replaced. ,...... And the only thing I see PT supporters post here is the same "suthep this, Suthep that" rhetoric over and over again.
Discussion 2 : 10/12/2013 at 04:50 AM
After denying and lying about their current performance. What could the PTP offer to the people that they would accept. Can Yingluck afford to be front and center and have to answer for the Government's performance. No matter how bad a picture they paint of the other side. They are the one's with their hands in the cookie jar right now. This is the government of the failed rice scheme, gave Thaksin his passport back, revoked his arrest warrant, passes a flawed amnesty plan, A chairperson who never attended and cannot answer for the committee. Created forums for this and that with no results. They can offer a promise to change?? lol
Discussion 3 : 09/12/2013 at 06:24 PM
Yes to can, no to something be done, because the rural folks will gladly pocket the offered summe of money from the red Kammnan's.
Discussion 4 : 09/12/2013 at 04:40 PM
The pro-reds simplistically use the terms wealthy and elite to dismiss the current protest as undemocratic. The truth is that the vast majority of protesters are middle-class workers, civil servants, southern farmers, and students, and from many different provinces. I would also bet that demographically they represent a much broader and decidely younger cross-section of the populace than the UDD does, which are largely older and almost totally rural, the vast majority coming from the NE. Maybe numerically they are a slight minority. But, they are more representative of what the country wants and needs.
Discussion 5 : 09/12/2013 at 04:13 PM
Of course they're ready, they've got 400 billion baht (or a big slice of it) ready. That's the whole point, the reason Dems and their supporters have the temerity to suggest elections are not the way forward.
Discussion 6 : 09/12/2013 at 03:29 PM
equally, many of the people would like the shinawatras in government, people might not tolerate the same all over again, Suthep and his cronies don't want to let go, they will try grab power no matter what the consequences. Spot the big difference in how Yingluck's government managed things when faced with mass protest to how AV and Suthep did.
Discussion 7 : 09/12/2013 at 03:24 PM
Which part johnbegood don't you fathom? PTP won a democratic election because the poor voted for them. Like Australia the indigenous population of Thailand have always been treated with disdain, mind you they have had the vote longer in Thailand.
Discussion 8 : 09/12/2013 at 03:22 PM
The only thing the people fear is the tax payers money being spent on handouts so PT can regain power !
Discussion 9 : 09/12/2013 at 03:05 PM
Democrate also not that clean, either. Fail to understand why the courts' refuse to issue a warrants against protest leaders.
Discussion 10 : 09/12/2013 at 03:04 PM
Lek: the Dems will boycott any elections that involve the electorate.
Discussion 11 : 09/12/2013 at 02:39 PM
"Don't be afraid of an election. Don't play a street game. Although you have lost in the last eight elections, one day you might win." Spot on. Please do not boycott the general election, a misconduct the DEM is notorious for, again, or you will never have the chance to run the country.
Discussion 12 : 09/12/2013 at 02:37 PM
What part don't Pheu Thai Party fathom? The reason for the protests is so many of the people don't want the shinawatras in governement ! So do they think people are going to tolerate the same all over again. Thaksin & his cronie's don't want to let go, they will try to hang on to power no matter what the consequences.
Discussion 13 : 09/12/2013 at 02:32 PM
I just figured out how to settle the issue and make everyone happy. Have an election every 6 months. That way people won't have time to get upset at the governemnt and demonstrate for change.
Discussion 14 : 09/12/2013 at 02:32 PM
Until voters are willing to swtich sides and vote based on governments perforamance and non corruption, there is no hope for Thai politics. Taiwan, South Korea are perfect examples of democracy at work, voters have switch sides back and forth based on a government and presidents performance.
Discussion 15 : 09/12/2013 at 02:30 PM
I think the question about Thaksin should come first . Otherwise the PTP will have a Christmas wish list of handouts to win over the electorate ( even if Thailand can't afford it ), and once they have won they as have been shown in the past will steamroll over discent .
Discussion 16 : 09/12/2013 at 02:26 PM
An election won't solve the problem. Suthep wants to be in charge and he's desperate. The wealthy don't want a democracy.
Discussion 17 : 09/12/2013 at 02:14 PM
I do wonder whether you do. Surely what is needed is a workable solution that enables the country to move forward. That means compromise - by everybody!
Discussion 18 : 09/12/2013 at 02:09 PM
The main point is can and will something be done to stop the buying of votes, How much will they offer and how stupid will the people be in allowing themselves to be brought again for a 1000 or 2000 baht?
Discussion 19 : 09/12/2013 at 02:06 PM
agree. Of course they will be elected again because of the unbalanced electoral map and there will be renewed street protests. If YS runs again, I would suggest she beef up her security.
Discussion 20 : 09/12/2013 at 02:05 PM
The Dems will boycott any elections that involve the participation of Yingluck or her brother!
Discussion 21 : 09/12/2013 at 02:02 PM
If there is to be any hope of resolving the present crisis, the nation needs a clear commitment from the Democrat Party that they will indeed submit themselves to election and abide by the result. After that all parties need to find some accommodation to the Thaksin question, which has totally dominated and bedevilled Thai politics for too long. Everyone, not least Pheu Thai, Thaksin himself and the Democrats must look to find a workable compromise and live with the result of that too.
Discussion 22 : 09/12/2013 at 02:00 PM
Is the democrat party ready, will they choose Suthep to lead the party ?
Discussion 23 : 09/12/2013 at 01:54 PM
PTP dont get it,do they?

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