The PAD may announce its decision on Monday.
Gen. Chamlong, founder and former leader of the now defunct Palang Dharma political party, said the PAD’s idea of establishing a political party came after the end of its massive demonstration last year. The move which he said cleared the way for the current coalition government to come in to power.
But the present government has failed to carry out its duty as the PAD wished, he said, which has led to the protest movement to reconsider its options.
Members and supporters of the PAD convened at a university on the outskirts of Bangkok and, according to Gen. Chamlong, two major issues including whether a political party of their own should be formed and whether the present constitution should be amended are being discussed. Participants are expected to come up with their decision on Monday.
Reiterating that the PAD has no conflict with any existing political parties, Maj. Gen. Chamlong said core leaders of the group have not yet discussed on who should lead the party if it is formed. (TNA)
PM Abhisit: No major Cabinet reshuffle coming
BANGKOK, May 24 — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Sunday that he has no plan to undertake a major cabinet reshuffle in his five month-old government in the immediate future.
Mr. Abhisit said during his weekly television address that he never expected that work among coalition government could be 100 per cent smooth due to differences in opinions, but the most important thing is that every partner must share the same objective by doing best thing for the country, while differences of opinion could be adjusted later.
Regarding the performances of his government’s economic ministers, Mr. Abhisit said so far they can still carry out works and only time can tell whether any change is needed.
His remarks were made as the Bhumjaithai Party, a partner in his coalition government, submitted the name of a prospective minister to replace Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chartchai Pookayaporn for consideration.
Members of the Bhumjaithai Party met Thursday and agreed to replace Mr. Chartchai for his failure to attend the party’s meetings and talk to party members in the past.
Meanwhile, surveys conducted by Suan Dusit Poll among 2,478 persons throughout the country found that 48.84 per cent of all respondents agreed that it is about time for a cabinet reshuffle because several ministers have not yet displayed “transparent performances.”
Thirty-five per cent of respondents said it is still too early for a reshuffle while the rest said they were uncertain.
Over half the respondents — 55 per cent — said reshuffles should be made on every party in the coalition government so that right persons could be picked up from each party and no cabinet reshuffle would be held again in future. (TNA)