Thai deputy PM to resign Friday

19:03, October 07, 2010      

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Thai Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs and the ruling Democrat secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban said Thursday morning that he would resign Friday to compete in the by-election in the Constituency 1 of southern Surat Thani province.

He said he would go to Surat Thani Thursday night and would ask a staff to submit his resignation letter on Friday to the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who went to attend 8th Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels and will return to Thailand Friday.

Thursday is the last day of Suthep as a deputy prime minister before going to register his candidacy on Oct 8. Following his resignation, the prime minister will take over the responsibility for security affairs.

The Oct 30 by-election in southern Surat Thani is to find a replacement for a Democrat MP Chumpol Kanchana who lost his seat after being found guilty by the Constitution Court of making false assets declaration to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.



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