Sunday, February 6, 2011
PAD wants Abhisit out...who does it want in?
Sondhi Limthongkul's People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) last night issued a statement telling Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva to: "Get out!" over his failure to meet the three demands submitted earlier by PAD.
Abhisit, appearing on his weekly TV show this morning, shot back: "What have I done wrong?"
The PM insisted that Thailand could not quit the World Heritage Committee or else the whole world would only hear Cambodia's one-sided views on the controversial Khao Phra Viharn Temple issue.
Abhisit also said the government could not possibly tear up the 2000 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Cambodia "or else there will be more clashes along the border."
PAD's statement accused Abhisit of being too soft on Cambodia and that some vested interests were blocking the PM's actions.
Abhisit hit back: "I have no personal interests. If I had, I should not only be forced out of my position. I should be forced to leave the country too."
The PM didn't pose the obvious question, leaving it to his spokesman to ask later in the day:
"Who does PAD want to replace Abhisit? And how does that come about?"
It is not likely that PAD wants Thaksin Shinawatra's Pheau Thai Party to take over the government. If it doesn't want Abhisit, could it be Chalerm Yoonbamrung or Mingkwan Saengsuwan?
One yellow shirt protester held up a sign just as the PAD's statement was being announced: "Sondhi for PM!"
But then, Sondhi has always insisted that he has no political ambition.