Following a peaceful submission of the royal pardon petition on behalf of ousted premier and fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, during a National Security Council meeting, urged the former premier to cease political move that could cause a polical disruption.
Acting Government Spokesman, Panitharn Wattanayakorn revealed, following a National Security Council meeting attended by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and other security authorities, that the prime minister thanked all sides who helped make the lodging of the royal pardon peaceful.
Panitan revealed that the prime minister has urged that the former premier Thaksin Shinawatre cease political movements on campaign for the royal pardon as the pardon had already been submitted.
The security authorities were concerned about the petition march, especially Thaksin’s phone-in as they feared his message would incite the crowd.
PM pleads Thaksin to cease movements
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has pleaded to deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to halt all political movements after submitting a petition to seek a royal pardon, according to Acting Government Spokesperson Dr. Panitan Wattanayakorn.
The Prime Minister yesterday convened with the National Security Council (NSC). Many related figures were present in the meeting, including Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, Supreme Commander Songkitti Jaggabatara, Army Chief Anupong Paochinda and NSC Secretary-General Thawin Pliensri.
After the meeting, Dr. Panitan held a press conference, saying that the Prime Minister had reiterated to everyone to maintain order since the bid to lodge a royal pardon petition for Mr. Thaksin this time was out of the constitutional rights that people could exercise. He stated further that Mr. Abhisit also had expressed thanks to all related units to monitor the situation.
Dr. Panitan added that the meeting attendants were worried that the phone-in talks of Mr. Thaksin might incite further resistance and therefore would like to plead with the former Prime Minister to cease these movements since the royal pardon petition had already been submitted.