Thai deputy PM denies rumor of backup PM

17:07, September 24, 2010      

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Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Friday denied as groundless a report that he plans to support Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij and as the next prime minister if the ruling Democrat Party is dissolved by the court.

"I have never made any call to Newin (Chidchob, influential figure of coalition party Bhumjaithai) to ask him to continue joining forces and to back Korn as the new government leader, as was reported by the media," Suthep was quoted by Bangkok Post online as saying Friday morning.

He said he had no plan to change the prime minister.

The Democrat Party, main player of the ruling coalition, is accused of violating the election law by secretly receiving a huge donation from a private company in 2005 and of misusing the budget allocated for political development by the Election Commission.

If found guilty, the party will face dissolution and some party executives, including Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who is also the chairman of Democrat, may be banned from politics for five years. The case is with the Constitution Court.

Source: Xinhua


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