Abhisit meets Banharn but reaffirms his rejection against reform council

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has reconfirmed his rejection of the government’s proposed political reform council to resolve the country’s colour-coded political conflict.

In his message posted on the social media yesterday, Abhisit said he doubted the government’s sincerity in pushing for political reform and in attempting to restore national reconciliation.

The proposed political reform council does not address the pressing problems confronted by the country.

As part of his campaign trail to convince all political groups and stakeholders to join the reform council, Chart Thai Pattana advisory council chairman Banharn Silpa-archa this afternoon met Abhisit to discuss the government’s proposal.   Joining Abhisit in the closed-door meeting were party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalasut and another Democrat MP.


Abhisit Vejjajiva -Democrat leader (left) and Chart Thai Pattana advisory council chairman Banharn Silpa-archa (right) in talk about reform council

Before the meeting, Abhisit told reporters that he was willing to open up his mind to listen to Mr Banharn.  While reconfirming the party’s stance on the political reform council and national reconciliation, he said he would explain to the Chart Thai Pattana advisory chairman the reason why the Democrat party has declined to join the proposed council and political forum.

The Democrat leader said he didn’t understand why the government had to stage the political forum for political reform as the people’s sector involving 45 political groupings  are doing the same.

Abhisit also questioned the government’s attempt to amend the charter and to push for the amnesty bill while, at the same time, is inviting all stakeholders to discuss political reform.

He urged the ruling Pheu Thai party to have respect for the Constitution Court and not to put pressure on the court.