webfact 167136 Posted February 4, 2011 Share Posted February 4, 2011 Abhisit Claims a Higher Approval Rating than Thaksin The prime minister spoke at a House session on Thursday, saying the government has a clear approach in implementing policies and that he believes he has outscored his predecessor in terms of his approval rating as a premier. At the weekly House session, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva affirmed that his administration has a clear direction on every policy it has implemented. He said the administration has embraced and continuously promoted the sufficiency economy principle of His Majesty the King as a sustainable way of living for Thai citizens. The prime minister said that with a clear approach in government policies, the country remains relatively intact amid a hostile economic environment. Regarding drugs issues, Abhisit said his government has stepped up attempts to crack down on drug trafficking rings since 2009, which has already shown effectiveness. As for dealing with illegal abortion, he insisted there will not be amendments to legislation to legalize abortion, as Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country. The prime minister further stated that rampant corruption will not be overlooked, as he ensures that the same standard is applied to all cases. On the potential of a House dissolution, Abhisit said he has made himself clear in his support for democracy. Meanwhile, he noted that he has a higher approval rating for premiership than that garnered by ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Regarding that fact that the upcoming censure debate will not feature Police Captain Chalerm Yoobumrung, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of national security Suthep Thaugsuban said he does not think there will be any difference with Chalerm's absence, as other MPs can do his job. However, he admitted that he personally likes the way the outspoken politician carries out his motions, and that it is disappointing not to see him in this debate. The deputy PM added that he is not worried about being a target in the censure over his alleged incompetency in dealing with protesters. Regarding the Senate's request to seek a general debate, Suthep said he has no problem with it, and he believes it will benefit the public, who will get to hear the facts from all sides. -- Tan Network 2011-02-04 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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