Thaksin keeps quiet about his future plans
Thai Rak Thai Party leader Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday kept silent over whether he will honour his promise to take "a political break" following the Constitution Court's ruling yesterday to nullify the April 2 election.
The party's secretary-general Suriya Jungrungreangkit, called a meeting of the deputy leaders at party headquarters after the court ordered the government and the Election Commission to organise a new general election.
Outgoing Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Khunying Pojaman Shinawatra, arrived at the headquarters before the court issued the ruling.
Deputy leader Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan said Thaksin did not attend the meeting and the party did not discuss Thaksin's stance in light of the court ruling.
She said the party humbly and unconditionally accepts the Constitution Court ruling and is ready to contest a new general election.
The party thanked the 16.43 million people for voting for Thai Rak Thai and the 29 million who exercised their voting rights in the previous election to uphold democracy, she said.
The party vowed to commit to political reforms, saying it would strengthen the checks and balances mechanism, help improve the economy, and declare war against poverty and drugs.
The Thai Rak Thai Party will also continue with its populist policies including the Bt30 medical subsidy, constructing 300 kilometres of mass-transit systems to cover Bangkok and the suburbs, the SML projects, OTOP, the Village Fund, SME projects and others.