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Abhisit 'won't back' Prayut return as PM

Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva (in white shirt) accepts flowers from party supporters during a campaign rally in Laksi district in northern Bangkok. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

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Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva took a political stance Sunday against Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha returning to power as prime minister after the March 24 election, drawing instant criticism from both the anti-regime Pheu Thai Party and the pro-regime Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP).

Mr Abhisit uploaded a brief video clip, lasting 33 seconds, on his Facebook page in which he made it clear he would not support Gen Prayut, who is the PPRP's sole prime ministerial candidate.

"I will definitely not support Gen Prayut because [his] prolonged stay in power will create conflicts and it is against my party's ideology which puts the people first," he said.

"After five years under Gen Prayut's leadership, the economy is in poor shape and the country has suffered badly."

The release of the clip came with the March 24 general election likely to come down to a race between the pro-democracy bloc and the pro-regime camp.

However, Mr Abhisit's announcement was treated with scepticism within the Pheu Thai Party with key party figure Anusorn Iamsa-ard suggesting there are only two camps in this election — for or against Gen Prayut's return to power — and demanding to know if Mr Abhisit was speaking on behalf of his party, and calling on Democrat executives to endorse the statement as an official stance.

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Vocabulary:

bloc : a group of people or a group of countries with the same aim - สมาชิกพรรคการเมือง

camp : a group of people who have the same ideas about something and oppose people with other ideas -

candidate : a person who is trying to win an elected position - ผู้สมัคร

conflict : an angry disagreement between people or groups - ความขัดแย้ง

democracy (noun): a system of government in which all the people of a country can vote to elect their representatives - การปกครองแบบประชาธิปไตย

endorse : to express support for something - แสดงความเห็นชอบ

ideology : system of ideas and principles on which a political or economic theory is based - แนวคิดอันเป็นรากฐานของสังคม เศรษฐกิจและการเมือง

on behalf of : as a representative of - ในนามของ ในฐานะของ

prolonged : continuing for a long time - ยืดเวลาออกไป

regime : a government that controls a country, especially in a strict or unfair way - รัฐบาลที่ขึ้นมาปกครองโดยการยึดอำนาจ

scepticism : (adjective form is sceptical) doubting that something is true or useful - ความสงสัย,ความแคลงใจ,ความระแวง,ความไม่เชื่อ

stance : an attitude or view about an issue that you state clearly; position - จุดยืน

suffer : to be badly affected by a very difficult or unpleasant situation - ประสบความลำบาก

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