Air Force chief urges Democrat Party to partake in upcoming election


BANGKOK, 2 May 2014  – Air Force Commander-in-Chief Prajin Juntong urged the Democrat Party on Thursday to partake in the upcoming general election, and expressed support for Abhisit Vejjajiva’s attempt to find a solution to the current political situation. 

Air Chief Marshal Prajin expressed his belief that the mediation effort by Democrat leader Abhisit was a good thing, and that he would view such effort positively regardless of who the mediator was. He noted that an election will provide the solution to the ongoing political crisis, provided the polling can be held in its entirety. He also suggested the Democrat Party enter the July 20 race, because politicians are obliged to partake in elections.

Asked whether he will meet Mr. Abhisit for talks, ACM Prajin said this would not be necessary, as the armed forces commanders would confer with the supreme commander, who already spoke to Mr. Abhisit, regarding this matter.

According to him, the Air Force will be ready to lend a hand in ensuring that the general election is conducted in its entirety.

ACM Prajin also remarked that the current situation did not warrant a request of a royally-bestowed prime minister, in accordance with Article 7 of the charter.