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Key PDRC members call on Democrat leader Abhisit

Key members of the anti-Thaksin movement, the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), paid a visit to Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva at the party's head office on Tuesday.

The group included Thavorn Senniam, Issara Somchai, Aekkanat Promphan, Putthipong Punnakan, Chumpol Chulasai, Wittaya Kaewparadai and Natthapol Teepsuwan.

After the informal meeting with Abhisit, Thavorn told the media that his group had always been members of the party because they never quit the party although they spearheaded in the mass protests against the Yingluck administration three years ago.

He said his group as well as the party was supportive of elections and would present Abhisit as the next prime minister in their election campaign. He, however, noted that the party would decide whether it should join the new government or not.

Commenting on PDRC leader Suthep Thuagsuban's recent announcement to support Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to stay on for the next five years, Thavorn's said it was Suthep's opinion which might not be the same with the others and it was not wrong. He declined to give an answer when asked whether he supported Suthep's idea or not.

Thavorn insisted that the PDRC and the Democrat party shared similar political ideologies and ideas, especially the idea of Abhisit to be the next prime minister.

Abhisit, meanwhile, said most of the PDRC key members remain party members with the exception of some who entered the monkhood and had to resign from the party.

Regarding Suthep's idea of supporting General Prayut's premiership, Abhisit said the idea reflected that of the PDRC.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)