Will the democrats win Thailand's general election?
Abhisit Vejjajiva, the leader of Thailand's Democrats expressed his intention to make his party, the oldest in the country, ''the core of the new government'' after the upcoming general election due on Sunday. Is accomplished, it would end the military ceize of the power in Thailand since 2014.
Abhisit Vejjajiva told Al Jazeera his party wants to move beyond the conflicts of the past and that a new civilian government would be able to make changes to the system put in place by the military under General Prayuth Chan-ocha.
The generals have introduced a new constitution, revised the electoral system and drawn up a 20-year development plan that is supposed to be followed by any new government. The measures, as well as the continued existence of repressive laws, are likely to ensure the military's continued influence over Thai politics.
Prayuth is hoping to remain in power as a civilian prime minister.
Abhisit, who was prime minister with military backing in 2008 and was in charge during a bloody crackdown on protesters two years later, insists the Democrat Party has no interest in playing the role of 'kingmaker'.