Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Who's Pheau Thai's candidate to replace Abhisit?

What's holding up the opposition Pheau Thai Party's plan to oust PM Abhisit Vejjajiva in a no-confidence debate?

First, under the constitution, once the opposition submits a censure motion against the government, the PM can't dissolve Parliament to call a new election. But hasn't Thaksin Shinawatra, the real opposition leader, been calling for a new election?

Second, if the no-confidence motion is presented, the opposition is required by the charter to also propose someone who can replace the incumbent as prime minister.

Who's Pheau Thai's candidate? Nobody is quite sure. First, it was Chalerm Yoobamrung. Now, Thaksin is of two minds about that. Other candidates include Mingkwan Sangsuwan, Witthya Buranasiri, Wicharn Meenchainant, Somsak Kiatsuranont, and Col Apiwan Wiriyachai.

There is no shortage of candidates. But the one choice to make the difference just isn't there.

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