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Democrats meet to discuss future of party

Apr 05. 2019
Photo : Rachanon Intharagsa
Photo : Rachanon Intharagsa
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By The Nation

Senior members of Democrat Party – which suffered heavy losses in the March 24 general election – met on Friday to discuss the future of the party.

The Party did not win any parliamentary seats in Bangkok and lost many seats in the South which used to be its stronghold.

The party’s leader, former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, resigned as head of the party, keeping his promise that he would step down if the party won less than 100 seats. 

The Election Commission has not yet announced the official results of the election but Abhisit’s party reportedly won only 33 seats.

The meeting at the party’s headquarter was called by party veteran Thaworn Senneam, who reportedly won the most votes in Songkhla and is among a group of party members who could secure votes in the South.

The executive members of the party were seen arriving at the headquarters, including chief advisor Chuan Leekpai, Therdpong Chaiyanan, Nipon Wisityuttasart and acting party leader Siriwan Prassajaksatrupai.

Abhisit, acting party leader Jurin Laksanavisit, acting secretary general Juti Krairiksh and acting deputy party leader Korn Chatikavanich did not attend the meeting.

Thaworn told reporters before the meeting that the meeting was formal and no-one acted as the chair. 

Asking why only a small number of members attended the meeting, Thaworn said they had other engagements and there would be more talks in the future. 

As of 1.30pm, the meeting was ongoing although party chief adviser Chuan Leekpai had left the meeting. He said he came to listen to the opinions. 

The next meeting has not yet been fixed.

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