Meechai says Abhisit can contest the next election

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is qualified to contest elections even if he was dismissed from military service by the Defence Ministry, according to Mr Meechai Ruchuphan, chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee.

He explained that Mr Abhisit was not faulted for corruption by the Defence Ministry but he was found to have used improper documents to enter military service.

The CDC chairman said that only people dismissed or sacked because of corruption would not be qualified to contest elections. He insisted that he did not give favour to Mr Abhisit.

He said that anyone who disagreed with him could raise the issue with the Election Commission in case the Democrat party leader applies to run in the next election.