Core leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) Chamlong Srimuang has rejected the rumored establishment of the PAD’s political party under the group’s own name.
In response to speculations that the PAD had registered its political party with the Election Commission (EC) under the name ‘PAD Party’, Major General Chamlong dismissed acknowledgement of the matter, asserting that currently the PAD had not yet reached any conclusion on the setting up of its political party. The PAD core leader said that the resolution would be confirmed during the group’s major gathering at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani on May 25, 2009, while assuring that all decisions would be based on the opinions of both PAD supporters and core leaders.
In addition, Major General Chamlong expressed his view that if the PAD resolved to establish its own political party, the name of the party would certainly not be the ‘PAD Party’, deeming it inappropriate. Regarding the establishment process of the party, the core leader said the group would use that of the Phalang Dharma Party as a model.
The Phalang Dharma Party was founded by Major General Chamlong himself in 1988 with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as one of its leaders. However, internal conflicts brought the party to its dissolution in 1996. Most of its executives afterwards flocked to form the Thai Rak Thai Party under the power of Mr. Thaksin.
NNT / 17 May 2009
Chamlong: Party won’t be called PAD
People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Chamlong Srimuang dismissed the news about the plan to register the PAD name for its new political party.
Maj-Gen Chamlong said on Sunday that he was not aware that a group of people may have already registered the party with the Election Commission (EC) since the group has yet to resolve on the party’s name.
He said the PAD will hold a gathering on May 25 in Nonthaburi’s Muang Thong Thani, and the leaders will ask for suggestions from their supporters.
He said using the PAD label would be unlikely because it may not be appropriate.
The yellow-clad group may also refer to the model of the Palang Dharma party, he said.
Maj-Gen Chamlong is the founder of the now-defunct Palang Dharma party.