Suthep: Anti-election rally not being held

PROTEST leader Suthep Thaugsuban came out to deny that the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) had called for a rally on Sunday May 27 to display its unwillingness for an election to be held, Thai News Agency reported today (May 21).

While underscoring his support for the National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO’s) 4 years of governance because it brought peace to the country, Suthep said those who were spreading rumors of an anti-election rally online might be trying to create a conflict in the country to prevent an election from being held and thus ruining NCPO’s image.

Some groups seem to show that they want an election, but deep down they are thinking about creating chaos so that NCPO cannot hold one and this is dangerous for the country, he added.

Nevertheless he confirmed that the leaders of PDRC have not called their supporters out to rally because there is no one who does not want an election to take place, with the group’s standpoint being to move towards an election.

Suthep added that he never said he supported General Prayut Chan-o-cha as the next prime minister, only that he supports him to govern the country right now.

He also said PDRC is not setting up a party in the same name because many of its leaders have returned to the fold of their respective parties.

While he has not returned to the Democrat Party and is just a member of the public right now, in future if there are people with similar political views, he might join them.


Top: Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, left, talking to the press today. Photo: Thai News Agency