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UDD won’t leave Pheu Thai alone: Nattawut

The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will continue to support and conduct activities alongside the Pheu Thai Party as long as it adheres to the democratic principle, regardless of who will be its next leader, UDD secretary-general Nattawut Saikuar said on Tuesday (Sept 5).

Mr Nattawut said this when asked in what direction the UDD would move now that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled the country ahead of the ruling on her rice-pledging case by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions initially set for Aug 25.

As long as Pheu Thai still adheres to the democratic line, the UDD will continue to support it and conduct activities along with it, he said.

It is the party's executive committee that will decide who to be the next leader, he said.

Mr Nattawut said Ms Yingluck's escape does not affect the morale of the UDD.

Since we have been fighting for over 10 years, our members understand the situation well and they can make their own assessments of what his happening, he said.

In Ms Yingluck's rice-pledging case, Mr Nattawut said questions had been raised about the rule of law in the handling of the case by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the proceedings of the case after the coup when Section 44 came into effect.

I believe the people understand Ms Yingluck's decision, which will not affect the democratic principle which the UDD has upheld for the past 10 years, even before Ms Yingluck became a politician. Therefore, it is not a matter for us to think about who stays or goes. As long as the people adhere to this principle, everything will continue to move forward, said the UDD secretary-general.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)