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Former Thai PM Abhisit resigns as head of Democrats after election loss

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Former Thai PM Abhisit resigns as head of Democrats after election loss

 

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Democrat Party leader and former Thailand's prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva casts his ballot to vote in the general election at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Krit Promsakla Na Sakolnakorn

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva stepped down as leader of the Democrat Party after its poor showing in a Sunday general election.

 

Thailand's oldest political party was in fourth place in the popular vote, with a little more that 3 million votes, according to partial results released by the Election Commission, with 91 percent of votes counted.

 

"I must take responsibility for this. I resign from my leadership of the Democrat Party," said Abhisit, who was prime minister from 2008 to 2011.

 

(Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Robert Birsel)

 

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Dismal electoral showing forces Abhisit to step down

By The Nation

 

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Abhisit Vejjajiva tendered his resignation as Democrat leader on Sunday night, after his party’s dismal performance in the elections.

 

He said he took the responsibility for his party winning fewer seats in the Lower House than targeted. The Democrat leader also apologised for failing to convince voters.

 

“Due to what happened, I have to take responsibility as party leader. I resign,” he said grim-faced in front of an army of supporters and reporters outside the party’s headquarters. 

 

However, supporters met his emotionally delivered announcement with a long applause.

 

At 93-per-cent vote count, the Democrats had only won 42 House seats – far fewer than they did in the 2011 elections.

 

The country’s oldest political party was further embarrassed by major setbacks in its traditional strongholds – Bangkok and southern provinces. 

 

The Democrat leader had earlier announced that he would step down if his party won fewer than 100 seats in the House. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30366486

 

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Both is very true!....unfortunately he would be the right person to run the country but has has to much 'bad past' on him....so ppl are afraid that could happen again

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1 hour ago, smedly said:

probably the best option for Thailand but if you are straight honest then you are never going to win - too many will vote from the pocket 

The people have spoken

 

BTW  Abhisit is NOT a straight honest man. He is just a wannabe that is as corrupt as the rest. Godd riddance Ab  :thumbsup:

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The party should have let him resigned after the 2011 election defeat. Writings on the wall that he was a weak and lacking charisma but the party re-elected him as leader again. Now the oldest party will have to bear the responsibility and shame of this poor showing; not him alone. The executives of the party should also resign en bloc. If they continue to back the military, the party will be relegated to a small insignificant party.   

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