Former Thai finance minister quits Democrat Party

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  • Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020

Korn Chatikavanij giving his speech at the event in Bangkok. - The Nation/ANN

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): Former finance minister Korn Chatikavanij resigned from the Democrat Party on Wednesday (Jan 15).

Korn made the announcement on Tuesday (Jan 14) evening, when members of Parliament and former MPs of the Democrat Party organised a New Year’s party for its former leader and ex-PM Abhisit Vejjajiva.

More than 50 stalwarts, including party-list MP Korn, Agriculture Minister and party secretary-general Chalermchai Sri-On, Deputy Public Health Minister and party deputy leader Sathit Pitudecha, and another deputy leader, Ongart Klampaiboon, attended the event.

Notable by his absence at the party was current Democrat leader Jurin Laksanawisit, as well as MPs considered close to him.

Korn got on the stage and sang Rak Ther Sameu (I’ll always love you), a hit song from 1990s in tears. He was joined by others, who were also in tears. When the song ended, Abhisit gave him a hug.

Korn said the reason for his resignation was he thought he had already fulfilled his duty as an MP after the 2020 Budget Act had been approved by Parliament.

Korn joined the Democrat Party in 2005 and served for 15 consecutive years.

Before the event concluded, Abhisit gave a speech encouraging all MPs to maintain the political ideology of the party and commit to solving the country’s problems.

He vowed to assist all party members in any way he could, provided they did not go against his beliefs and ideology.

“Our bonds are stronger than any crises, ” he said. “I wish all of you a good year, good health and good commitment to progress forward together.” - The Nation/Asia News Network

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