Ex- FM Surapong readies to end political life

Former foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said he was ready to accept his fate to be impeached by the National Legislative Assembly on March 30 and would end his political life over his alleged role in returning a Thai passport to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The core member of the Pheu Thai party complained that members of political parties who are on the opposite side with the military junta are now left with very limited political space as their mouths and noses were gagged.

The NCPO's democracy is that whatever the junta has done or being done is seen as right and beyond criticism, said Mr Surapong, adding, however, he hopes, one day, people will realize what is right or wrong.

As Thai citizens despite their political differences, the former foreign minister said he hoped for Thais to forgive one another and to show compassion toward those sharing different political opinions.

He insisted that he was not involved in the granting of Thai passport to Thaksin nor did he pressure or order foreign affairs officials to issue the passport.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)