Sondhi Happy to Lead New Politics Party


Leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, Sondhi Limthongkul, says he is happy to lead the group’s New Politics Party if its members entrust him with the post. Meanwhile, Sondhi expresses concern that the red-shirt group’s royal pardon campaign on Monday might turn violence.

People’s Alliance for Democracy, or PAD, leader Sondhi Limthongkul said that he is ready to lead the New Politics Party if its members want him in the post.

However, he stated that the decision rests with the 5,000 party members who will cast votes for their leader in their upcoming workshop.

Meanwhile, with regard to the red-shirt group’s planned submission of a petition for the royal pardon for convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Monday, Sondhi said that he has a hunch that the event might turn ugly, which could pave way for the military to step in and seize power.

The PAD leader speculated that the red-shirt group is planning violence in hope of disrupting the court’s jurisdiction and the anti-graft agency’s administration.

He admitted that he does not know for sure what will happen on Monday when the red-shirt group submits the petition.

Sondhi continued that he is afraid the government could do nothing to prevent chaos, given that it could not even sanction a removal of the current police chief.

TAN , 14 August 2009


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