Thailand’s Democrat Party issues election ultimatum
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Thailand’s Democrat Party issues election ultimatum

The Nation:

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanon Intharakomalsut said Friday that the Democrats would once again boycott the July 20 general election again if party leader Abisit Vejjajiva’s reconciliation proposal is rejected.

Chavanon said if Abhisit’s proposal for bringing Thailand out of crisis were to be rejected, the country would slip back into the same old circle of conflicts and it would be useless for the Democrats to contest the election.

The Election Commission and the government have agreed to hold the new election on July 20 after the February 2 poll was nullified by the Constitutional Court.

“If that’s the case, everything will go back to the same point and we will be unable to move on because conflicts will remain and there will be disorder,” Chavanon said after being asked to comment on a scenario should Abhisit’s proposal be rejected.

“The election will become bloody so why should the Democrats join it?”

Asked whether the Democrats feared its former MPs would bolt if the party boycotts the election again, Chavanon said the Democrat did not fear defections and the party was confident that its members are politicians with principles.

Matichon has the wording in Thai and Chavanond was asked if all sides don’t accept Abhisit’s proposal, will the Democrats contest the July 20 election? (ถามว่า ถ้าทุกฝ่ายไม่ยอมรับข้อเสนอของนายอภิสิทธิ์ ปชป.จะลงรับสมัครเลือกตั้ง 20 กรกฎาคมหรือไม่ ). He answered as per the quote above in The Nation ( ถ้าเป็นเช่นนั้นทุกอย่างก็จะกลับไปที่เดิม เราไม่มีอะไรที่ต้องเดินต่อ เพราะความขัดแย้งยังมีอยู่ จะเกิดความไม่เรียบร้อย การเลือกตั้งที่จะเกิดขึ้นอาจนำสู่การเลือกตั้งเลือด แล้วปชป.จะเข้าไปมีส่วนร่วมเพื่ออะไร).

Thai Rath also has Chavanond saying that the party has not yet prepared who will be No. 1 on the party list because they need to wait for the reaction and response first from various sides especially that of the government on whether they will accept Abhisit’s proposal or not (ทั้งนี้ ทางพรรค ปชป. ยังไม่ได้เตรียมว่าใครจะมาเป็น ส.ส.บัญชีรายชื่อลำดับ 1 ของพรรค เพราะจะต้องรอดูท่าทีและการตอบสนองจากฝ่ายต่างๆ โดยเฉพาะรัฐบาล ว่าจะรับข้อเสนอของนายอภิสิทธิ์หรือไม่).

BP: Abhisit hasn’t meet with Yingluck or Suthep. Suthep has stated he won’t negotiate. The government has stated they are waiting to listen to Abhisit’s proposal, but what happens if they have some issues with some of the conditions? It is still unclear to BP whether this is a take-or-leave-it proposal. Hence, the reasonableness of the conditions is key. If it is reasonable and the government can accept then it is likely there is some deal/arrangement behind-the-scenes and this is all about bringing it out in public. But what if the government accepts the conditions but the PDRC won’t accept them?

btw, would suggest that if the government agrees with some conditions, but has an issue with other conditions, that it provides a counter-offer somewhere between its desired outcome and what Abhisit is proposing.