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Name Abhisit Vejjajiva
Spelling Abisit Vejjajiva
Gender Male
Nationality Thailand
Ethnic Thai
Job Prime Minister of Thailand
  Thai Politician
  Thai Party Leader
  Leader of Thai Democrat Party
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Political Party Thai Democrat Party

Education

University University of Oxford
2015 06 27
Thai Transport Minister, Suriya Jungrungreangkit listens to the head of opposition coalition parties and Democrat leader, Abisit Vejjajiva speaks during the no-confidence debate against Suriya at the Parliament House in Bangkok. said the opposition has found evidence showing that Transportation Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit had failed to do his job and let the corruption scandal over the purchase of baggae scanners for Bangkok’s new airport happened
2013 12 12
Democrat Party leader and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (centre) arrives at Bangkok criminal court in Bangkok. A Thai court has dismissed murder charges against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva linked to a bloody crackdown on protesters in 2010. Mr Abhisit was Thailand’s leader when anti-government ‘red-shirt’ protesters blockaded Bangkok for 10 weeks. In the end the military moved to end the stand-off. Over 90 people, mostly civilians, died during the protests. The 2010 protesters supported Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister removed by the military in 2006. It was under his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, that proceedings were brought against Mr Abhisit. Prosecutors said Mr Abhisit and his deputy prime minister at the time, Suthep Thaugsuban, were responsible for authorising the use of live fire against protesters. Both men rejected the charges. The Criminal Court ruled that it could not hear the case because the two men had held public office at the time and were acting under an emergency decree
2018 04 06
Former Democrat Party leader Chuan Leekpai, current party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, and his predecessor Banyat Bantadtan lead a merit-making ceremony held at the Thai Democratic Party’s headquarters in Bangkok to mark the 72nd anniversary of the party’s founding

2018 04 06 Retrieve

[Having recently been criticised for toeing a conservative line] The Thai Democrat Party is preparing to propose ideas in line with a liberal democracy for the country to move forward with people’s participation, in accordance with our core values. The new generation must work with the old generation, but the party must change too

[He stressed that his party represents a significant shift away from the bureaucracy of the current regime and the populism of the Pheu Thai Party. The Democrats will focus on a sustainable system that emphasises welfare and civil rights] There are a lot of gaping holes in the current constitution, which has failed to curtail corruption or deliver true reform. After the election, politicians must work transparently and diligently to fix the constitution and restore Thai people’s faith in democracy

The Muslim community has played a very important role in our party’s progression. One who made a significant impact which none of us will forget was Surin Pitsuwan, a believer and protector of democracy. His son [Fuadi Pitsuwan] is more than qualified to carry on Mr Surin’s legacy, but he has promised to complete his PhD before joining us

2018 10 08
Warong Dechgitvigrom, Abhisit Vejjajiva and Alongkorn Ponlaboot announce their candidacies for Thai Democrat leader

2018 10 28 Retrieve

[examining the lyrics and visual images of Prathet Ku Mee (What My Country’s Got)] In my opinion, this rap is normal. Whether it is liked or disliked rests with individuals

[Empowering private companies, especially in the IT sector, by eliminating outdated regulations] Politicians need to understand we now live in a post-industrial world where everything changes really fast. If we do not change the political landscape to one in which everyone competes to create policies and remove outdated regulations to solve the problem, it will be difficult for the country to compete

[Mr Abhisit said the world is now in an era where state control is less needed. Governments in the new era, he said, need to empower the private sector, which has the potential and tools to grow] It’s like you say you want to reform our education system, but every school still needs to wait for orders from the Education Ministry. This is not going to work. Schools should be able to decide on what they want to do with the budget they receive from the government

[Mr Abhisit said political parties should use more social media and digital technology to listen to and communicate with people, so they can understand the problems and come up with policies that really reflect the needs of the people] People know more about their problems. We must allow them to play a bigger part in political decision-making. This is what I want to see in the new political landscape. We still have a few months to work on this and then voters will decide who they want to run the country

2018 11 22 Retrieve

[Mr Abhisit talks at Bangkok Post International Forum 2018: The New Political Landscape of Thailand] To make the country more competitive, the next government must decentralise and devolve state power to more local levels, giving people more say in political decision-making

If you look at news headlines now, none of these issues [of power decentralisation] are talked about much by political parties. Many only focus on forming coalitions or allocating poll candidates to other parties. This is not the landscape we want to see

Politicians need to understand we now live in a post-industrial world where everything changes really fast. If we do not change the political landscape to one in which everyone competes to create policies and remove outdated regulations to solve the problem, it will be difficult for the country to compete

It’s like you say you want to reform our education system, but every school still needs to wait for orders from the Education Ministry. This is not going to work. Schools should be able to decide on what they want to do with the budget they receive from the government

People know more about their problems. We must allow them to play a bigger part in political decision-making. This is what I want to see in the new political landscape

[Mr Abhisit said decentralisation of power to the provinces is necessary to help reduce inequality between regions] We still have a few months to work on this and then voters will decide who they want to run the country

2018 12 26 Retrieve

[Thai Democrat Party open to coalition that moves in right direction] If we win a significant number of seats [and are] able to try to form a majority in the lower house, we would approach parties we feel we can work with. If we don’t do so well in the election, we have to consider whether we would join any kind of coalition. The criteria for me is that we will only join a government that we feel will take the country in the right direction. We won’t join a government for the sake of being in power

[Although ASEAN has its own plans for enhancing connectivity within the region, these are being overshadowed by China’s Belt and Road Initiative] Over the last five or six years, we hardly see ASEAN taking advantage. It’s more China addressing us. I think ASEAN should be dealing with China and the Belt and Road Initiative as a bloc rather than as individual countries

[He also has a bone to pick with big overseas companies in ASEAN] We should be asking friends and partners to collectively speak to some of the big tech multinationals … that are doing a lot of business in the region without actually contributing back to these economies

Most of the advertisement [revenue] goes to these companies, and they are not paying taxes. As an individual country, we can only do so much. As a bloc of 10 countries with our partners, we can perhaps come up with an arrangement whereby these companies [have] to make contributions to the region

[A summit of leaders from ASEAN and East Asian nations in Pattaya in April 2009 was called off as hundreds of demonstrators pushed their way past security into the venue] Obviously, we would not want a repeat of what happened. Despite the difficulties, I managed to get ASEAN a seat on the G-20

[Abhisit sees the Pheu Thai as his main competitor] Our main rival has proved time and time again that they practice a brand of democracy that is illiberal and allows the use of populist tactics to make a creeping authoritarianism set in. [Aiming to gain votes from the poor, the Pheu Thai government led by Yingluck before a 2014 coup offered pork-barrel measures for rice farmers and first-time car buyers] Many of the programs that they implemented [have] proven to be failures or unsustainable

[Abihsit gave the junta partial credit for how it has ruled, but also emphasized its policy missteps] The biggest achievement from the current government has been to restore stability to the political situation, obviously with availability of special powers. The infrastructure projects that this government has initiated, we mostly support. But there needs to be better implementation.

Clearly the economy has underperformed. We are currently growing at a rate lower than most … countries in the region. Many people in rural areas and the agricultural sector even had their incomes decrease for the last four years

2019 01 01 Retrieve

I’m confident the Thai Democrats Party will not get below 100 seats [adding he would resign from the party if that happened]

2019 02 14 Retrieve

[Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva advised Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to join the public debate on party policies] As a prime ministerial candidate, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha should exchange his views and showcase his visions so people can make informed choices. People have the right to compare the candidates

2019 03 21 Retrieve

[Democrats leader and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reportedly said he would not support Prayut returning to power] Aside from poor performance in his handling of the economy and failure to deliver promised reforms, Gen. Prayut’s attempt to hang on will likely create new conflicts and tension in contrast to the apparent stability that he has presided over in the last five years

[Democrats leader and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva well be in a position to play kingmaker] We aim to be the core of the next government

2019 03 24 Retrieve

[Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has stepped down as the leader of the Democrat Party after poor results in March 2019 election] I must take responsibility for this. I resign from my leadership of the Democrat Party