Abhisit announces candidacy for PM
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Saturday he is ready and willing to be prime minister whose policies will focus on anti-corruption and free tuitions for students.
Apparently referring to Thaksin government, Abhisit said under his leadership will provide the public a good example of corruption-free government and leader.
Abhisit was speaking at Democrat Party's annual congress where attended by executive members, members and foreign diplomats.
"I am willing and ready to be leader of the country. I will lead the country in new style, differing from Thaksin government whose leader could not be good leader for the country," he said.
In his an-hour opening speech, Abhisit said his party will focus on "agendas for people" which will ensure that the Thai society and the people have good lives and modernised standard of living.
He emphasized that new prime minister has to be leader of Thailand as a whole, not belong to any party or regions.
"New prime minister has to be prime minister of Thailand, not that of northern or southern regions. He will not be prime minister of Thai Rak Thai or Democrat Party. He has to be leader of Thai people," he told the cheering audience.
Caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had said that he would allocate budgets to those who voted for him and his Thai Rak Thai Party only. He preferred to visit northern regions while ignoring southern people who suffered from daily violence from insurgents.
In order to be good sample and promote anti-corruption campaigns, Abhisit said that future Democrat MPs will declare assets and their possible involving in any private companies. Under laws, only those who take a government position have to declare their assets.
Referring to educational reform, he said that his party will make "free tuition fees" policy for students to become real. Under present circumstances, he said students have to pay various extra fees to schools. "I can assure you that Democrat Party will work to ensure that students will not have to any extra money for their education."