Asian Summit to be held in JuneApril 22nd, 2009 - 2:34 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
On Tuesday, the Thai Prime Minister announced his government was consulting Asian leaders on a new date for a regional summit cancelled twice due to political unrest in Thailand.
Mr Abhisit, who suffered a huge embarrassment when anti-government protesters invaded the venue for the East Asia Summit 10 days ago, promised tighter security next time.
The first summit postponed in December right after a pro-Thaksin government faced street protests by the yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), which peaked with the occupation of Bangkok’s two main airports.
Mr Abhisit’s government, which came to power in December through parliamentary defections that the pro-Thaksin camp says were engineered by the army, rescheduled the East Asia meeting for April hoping it would restore Thailand’s tattered image.
Bangkok still remains under emergency rule as the government tries to contain political violence that has seen troops clash with protesters and an assassination attempt on the leader of a royalist pro-government movement.
Mr Abhisit has said it will stay until he is sure red-shirted supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup, have abandoned their protests.
Phuket is a stronghold of Abhisit’s Democrat Party, which heads a four-month-old coalition government struggling to revive an economy hobbled by the global economic downturn and prolonged political strife at home.
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