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Thailand should select an interim PM to serve till new polls can be held: Abhisit

Published on Feb 19, 2014 10:34 PM
 
Thailand's opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva offered on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014, what he believes to be the only way out of the country's political stalemate: Pick an interim prime minister who is acceptable to all stakeholders and who will serve for a preset limited term until new elections can be called. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

Thailand's opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva offered on Wednesday what he believes to be the only way out of the country's political stalemate: Pick an interim prime minister who is acceptable to all stakeholders and who will serve for a preset limited term until new elections can be called.

Allowing the current stalemate and war of attrition to drag on would damage the country and increase the risk of violence, Mr Abhisit told a group of foreign journalists in Bangkok.

He called the Feb 2 general election, which his Democrat Party boycotted, "a sham". The election could not be completed because anti-government protesters prevented voters in some constituencies from casting their ballot. Their actions also led many people to stay home on election day.

"This whole crisis results from loss of trust in the political process. We need a neutral figure to manage the transition to an election," Mr Abhisit said.

 
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