Thailand opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva seen during anti-government protests last month. Pic: AP.

The leader of Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party, Abhisit Vejjajiva, has announced that his party will boycott general elections scheduled for February 2, 2014.

Speaking at a press conference in Bangkok Saturday, the former prime minister said, “We need to stop operating in such a political environment,” reiterating the need of “reform before elections.”

Abhisit added that the vote to boycott the polls was unanimous.

Some more key quotes from today’s press conference:

 

+++ For in-depth analysis on the circumstances that led to Saturday’s decision, see this article from Saksith at Siam Voices: ‘It will hurt either way’: Thai opposition still undecided on elections +++