BANGKOK, December 11. /ITAR-TASS /. The Democratic Party, the main opposition political force in Thailand, will decide next week whether it will participate in preliminary election to the National Assembly, the country’s parliament.
As the political association’s press service reported on Wednesday, the general meeting of the party's supporters will be held in Bangkok December 16-17. During this event a new executive committee will be elected, and a strategy for further development of the oldest political party in Thailand will be developed. The participants of the general meeting will also discuss the issue of taking part in the upcoming preliminary election.
The Democratic Party didn’t win elections in 1992, but played a key role in the political life of Thailand. Analysts say that on the Democratic Party’s participation in the February 2 election largely depends the further settlement of political crisis in the kingdom. In 2005, the opposition boycotted the electoral process in the midst of another political crisis, played in favor of destabilization. A few months later the situation was resolved by a military coup, which resulted in overthrow of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. New protests in Thailand are a direct consequence of these political events.
December 9, King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej approved a decree to dissolve the National Assembly. The monarch also approved the new election’s date.
According to previous election’s results (held on July 3, 2011), the seats in the National Assembly are distributed as follows: Pheu Thai — 265 deputies, Democratic Party — 159, other parties — 76.