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Abhisit wins primary voting for Democrat Party leadership

By Kas Chanwanpen 
The Nation

 

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Abhisit Vejjajiva has won primary voting to retain leadership of the Democrat Party after being challenged by Warong Dechgitvigrom and Alongkorn Ponlaboot.

 

Abhisit won 67,505 votes from Democrat members from across the country, while Warong and Alongkorn received 57,689 and 2,285 votes respectively.

 

Read also: Does it matter who leads the Democrat Party?

 

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The official results were announced on Saturday.

 

The Democrats held a primary vote last week, the first time ever that a Thai party has selected its leader with input from its members.

 

Abhisit won over Warong by 9,816 votes. A total of 127,479 votes were cast.

 

The result showed the influence of former party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban in the country’s oldest political party.

 

It is widely known that Warong is the nominee of ex-protest leader Suthep, who led a protest against the Yingluck government and showed strong support for junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha to become the next prime minister.

 

Abhisit's win could also shatter the dream of the pro-regime Palang Pracharat Party to have an alliance with the Democrat Party in forming the next government to support junta leader Prayut becoming the prime minister.

 

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The Democrat Party will hold its first general assembly on Sunday and will vote on a new executive board as well as a leader. Although primary voting is not a final decision, it is traditional that the voting on Sunday would follow the trend.

 

Warong, who had been considered a strong candidate against Abhisit, wrote on Facebook that he accepted the results and would work alongside Abhisit for the party as well as the country.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30358295

 

 
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same old same old

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19 minutes ago, kannot said:

same old same old

Same old boys club....

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9 minutes ago, jayboy said:

In a world that made sense, Abhisit (despite his many gifts) would not even be a candidate let alone win the leadership (given his catastrophic record and lack of appeal to the country at large).

 

So what's going on here? Firstly the Democrats have tired of the Junta and reject Suthep's vision for the future. Secondly, it's a matter of "holding on to nurse for fear of finding something worse."

 

Is there a big coalition idea in Abhisit's mind?  - because he knows in advance the Democrats won't be able to form a government on their own. I don't know but doubt it would be possible without forming a pact with PTP (or its splintered successors).

 

There's part of me always rooting for Abhisit though I'm always disappointed. But could he possibly find the courage to take steps that would enrage his natural supporters but yet help Thailand sidestep its route to further chaos or dictatorship?

 

The answer my friend....... etc

Agree "There's part of me always rooting for Abhisit though I'm always disappointed. But could he possibly find the courage to take steps that would enrage his natural supporters but yet help Thailand sidestep its route to further chaos or dictatorship?"

 

What continues to disappoint me is that the democrats can't see anything outside of their own small box.

 

Plus abhisit is now old news he didn't achieve much when he was pm and that will pull him down forever.

 

Until the dems change all of this and get a new face who is strong enough to challenge their ancient old-school senior members they are a waste of space.

 

Will they change? No.

 

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So if The Democrats won't join Prayuth under Abhisit and neither will Pheua Thai, it looks like a PT government, plus their offshoots, plus Bhumjai Thai and Chart Thai Pattana perhaps, post election.

PT could be dissolved but one of their three subsidiaries will pick up the slack.

Meechai has been outwitted in his attempt to fix the election in favour of small parties.

Which leaves The Democrats in opposition yet again. It looks like many of their ex-Ministers will never see those coveted ministerial chairs again in their lifetime.

 

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6 minutes ago, bannork said:

So if The Democrats won't join Prayuth under Abhisit and neither will Pheua Thai, it looks like a PT government, plus their offshoots, plus Bhumjai Thai and Chart Thai Pattana perhaps, post election.

PT could be dissolved but one of their three subsidiaries will pick up the slack.

Meechai has been outwitted in his attempt to fix the election in favour of small parties.

Which leaves The Democrats in opposition yet again. It looks like many of their ex-Ministers will never see those coveted ministerial chairs again in their lifetime.

 

I really, really wish that I could agree with you, but...

 

You are forgetting the fundamental tenet of the 'Yellows' and 'Greens' (and by 'Yellow' I am referring to the Establishment rather than the Dem Party specifically).

 

'Yellows' and 'Greens' cheat. They cheat often. They cheat constantly. They cheat about everything. They cheat when even not needed. They cheat in the morning. They cheat in the afternoon. They cheat at night. They cheat without any sense of morality. They cheat without any sense of ethics. They cheat for money. They cheat for power. They cheat for position. They cheat. Over and over again they cheat.

 

They are cheating cheaters who cheat.

 

The game isn't over and the cheating will continue...

 

 

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If history is a lesson, don’t trust Ahbisit not bowing to the military and don’t trust that snake Warong not doing Suthep’s dirty bidding in the party. 

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14 minutes ago, Eric Loh said:

If history is a lesson, don’t trust Ahbisit not bowing to the military and don’t trust that snake Warong not doing Suthep’s dirty bidding in the party. 

 Don't trust who el?

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16 hours ago, rooster59 said:

The Democrats held a primary vote last week, the first time ever that a Thai party has selected its leader with input from its members.

A significant step towards transparency. I wonder if the Tories and their murky 1922 Committee have noticed this as May's permiership teeters on the brink?

 

16 hours ago, rooster59 said:

The result showed the influence of former party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban in the country’s oldest political party.

 

It is widely known that Warong is the nominee of ex-protest leader Suthep, who led a protest against the Yingluck government and showed strong support for junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha to become the next prime minister.

 

Abhisit's win could also shatter the dream of the pro-regime Palang Pracharat Party to have an alliance with the Democrat Party in forming the next government to support junta leader Prayut becoming the prime minister.

Never been an Abhisit admirer but anything that stymies that nasty old southern croc from tinkering with the engine and also keeps the current piss-artist formerly known as Commander-in-Chief from getting the knees further under the table is all good.

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2 hours ago, jayboy said:

In a world that made sense, Abhisit (despite his many gifts) would not even be a candidate let alone win the leadership (given his catastrophic record and lack of appeal to the country at large).

 

So what's going on here? ...

 

Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic springs to mind.

 

2 hours ago, jayboy said:

Is there a big coalition idea in Abhisit's mind?  - because he knows in advance the Democrats won't be able to form a government on their own. I don't know but doubt it would be possible without forming a pact with PTP (or its splintered successors).

It's the ONLY thing the Dems can aspire to. Pretty sure that his protagonists won't countenance any sort of getting cosy with anything with a T in it's handle (or control) either regardless of how sublimely sensible and shockingly ground-breaking it may be.

 

2 hours ago, scorecard said:

What continues to disappoint me is that the democrats can't see anything outside of their own small box.

You and countless Thais as well. They are fast becoming the party of irrelevance, sort of the Lib-Dems of the Land of Smiles.

 

2 hours ago, Samui Bodoh said:

'Yellows' and 'Greens' cheat. They cheat often. They cheat constantly. They cheat about everything. They cheat when even not needed. They cheat in the morning. They cheat in the afternoon. They cheat at night. They cheat without any sense of morality. They cheat without any sense of ethics. They cheat for money. They cheat for power. They cheat for position. They cheat. Over and over again they cheat.

...and we have't even started on the thuggish, ignorant, lao-khao souzed, bought & paid for Reds!

 

And yet, some here only worry about how they're going to handle next years extension of stay.

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