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Thai PM: no need for FM to resign right now

THAI Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said today Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya should be allowed to defend himself instead of having to resign right away after facing charges related to the seizure of Bangkok airports, Thai media reported.

According to The Nation online, Abhisit didn't see it the right standard to demand Kasit to resign once police charged him related to his alleged involvement in the airports' seizure.

The prime minister said he and his government would not interfere in the case, adding that he had yet to consider the right time for Kasit to resign during the proceeding of the case.

Abhisit made the remark after Kasit, along with some other key leaders and supporters of People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), have been charged with aviation law breaches for besieging the city's two airports, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi, for more than a week during their drive to oust the then government late last year.

On July 1, local police in charge of security of the two airports asked those facing charges to report to authorities on July 16.

Kasit's assistant said on July 5 that the foreign minister had talked to Abhisit concerning this matter and he would continue to perform his duties, though he will report to police as required.

The opposition Puea Thai Party has continued to ratchet up the pressure on Kasit to resign after his refusal to resign, with Senator Kamnoon Sitthisamarn on Wednesday said it would be best if he resign after the meetings of ASEAN foreign ministers in Phuket from July 17 to 23.

Meanwhile, Abhisit-led Democrat party, to which Kasit belongs, will support Mr Kasit until the charges is proven to have grounds and the case goes to court, Bangkok Post online quoted an undisclosed source as saying today.


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