Don won’t resign, waiting for court ruling

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai clearly declared this morning that he will not resign over his wife’s share-holding in a business company until there is a ruling by the Constitutional Court.

The Election Commission recently ruled with a majority vote that Mr Don might not be qualified to hold a ministerial post and said it would ask the Constitutional Court for a final decision.

The ruling prompted critics to call for Mr Don to resign or for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to suspend him from duty, pending a decision by the Constitutional Court.

Mr Don was all smiles when he arrived at Government House this morning to attend the weekly Cabinet meeting.

Asked whether he would insist in continuing to perform his duty, Mr Don replied that “the answer is on my face,” adding that despite the controversy he was feeling any pressure. He said if he had thought about resigning he would not have come for the Cabinet meeting.

Mr Don said he had not discussed the matter with Gen Prayut.

He said his wife’s shares were inherited from her father 37 years ago. They are shares held within the family and not listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam on Tuesday repeated his stand that it was not necessary for Mr Don to resign and that he should wait for the Constitutional Court’s ruling.

He said he did not know when the ruling would come out as the Election Commission has not yet forwarded a request to the court.