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Election: Democrat dilemma (updated)

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Dilemma: a situation where every choice creates new problems. Democrats must choose between an undemocratic election boycott and contesting an election they will likely lose. 

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Abhisit Vejjajiva (right), former Democrat Party leader, confers with former deputy Juti Krairiksh at a two-day special general assembly yesterday in Bangkok. Mr Abhisit will probably be re-elected as the leader of the party today, while Mr Juti is tipped to become secretary-general. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Tuesday evening update

Bhichai Rattakul congratulates Abhisit Vejjajiva after the former PM was re-elected leader of the Democrat Party during the party's annual assembly. THITI WANNAMONTAH

Abhisit still Democrat leader

Abhisit Vejjajiva has been re-elected leader of the Democrat Party during the party's annual assembly.

Juti Krairiksh was appointed party secretary-general, replacing Chalermchai Sri-on.

The party made no decision on whether to contest the February 2 election, however. A decision is expected by December 27.

Democrats mired in poll dilemma

Nattaya Chetchotiros
Manop Thip-Osod

ANALYSIS: Opposition fears public backlash if it boycotts election, but knows it will lose seats if it runs

The Democrat Party's new executive committee will face a tough decision on whether to contest the Feb 2 general election.

The lineup of the new, larger 35-member executive committee, which will be in charge of reforming and restructuring the party, will be unveiled today at the party's general assembly. Abhisit Vejjajiva is strongly tipped to remain as leader.

The general feeling is the Democrats are more than likely to boycott the poll because it could be less damaging. The party might lose some seats if it runs.

Some Democrat supporters in the party's traditional strongholds of Bangkok and the South look set to support the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) led by Suthep Thaugsuban which is pressing for "reforms before elections".

Without these voters, the Democrat Party can hardly retain its seats. Its chances of victory in other regions are also slim.

Mr Suthep told protesters at Democracy Monument last night that the PDRC does not agree with the Feb 2 election and would "do everything" to express its opposition to it.

"We will not agree with an election unless current rules and regulations are changed, otherwise the old group of politicians under the 'Thaksin regime' will regain power again," he said.

"I want to make it clear we do not oppose an election. We want it postponed until reforms take place," he said.

You can read the full, much longer, analysis here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/385178/dems-mired-in-poll-dilemma

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analysis: the detailed study or examination of something in order to understand more about it; the result of the study - การวิเคราะห์

annual: happening every year - ทุกๆปีด, ประจำปี

appointed: officially chosen for a job - ถูกแต่งตั้ง

assembly: a group of people who have been elected or chosen in order to discuss issues and make decisions - สภา, สมัชชา

backlash: a strong negative and often angry reaction to something that has happened - การสะท้อนกลับอย่างรุนแรง

boycott: a refusal to take part in an activity or to buy a product as a way of expressing strong disapproval - การคว่ำบาตร

confer: to discuss something with somebody, in order to exchange opinions or get advice - พบปะพูดคุย, สนทนาหารือกัน

contest: to compete for something - แข่งขัน

current: of the present time - ปัจจุบัน

executive committee: a group within an organisation which has the authority to make decisions and ensures that these decisions are carried out -

lineup: a group or team of people who are involved in a particular job or activity - รายชื่อของผู้เกี่ยวข้อง

monument: a statue or building that is built to honour a special person or event - อนุสาวรีย์ หรืออนุสรณ์สถาน

oppose: to disagree with or not approve of a plan or policy - คัดค้าน

opposition: strong disagreement with a plan or policy - ความขัดแย้ง

opposition party: a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government - พรรคฝ่ายค้าน  

otherwise: if not; used for saying that if one thing does not happen or is not true, something else will happen, usually something bad - มิฉะนั้น, ไม่เช่นนั้น

poll: an election - การเลือกตั้ง

postponed: delayed; decided that something will be done at a later time - เลื่อนออกไป

press for: to try in a determined way to make someone do something - ผลักดัน, บังคับ, รบเร้า, กระตุ้น

reform: to make a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair - แก้ไข ปฏิรูป

regain: to get back something that was lost - ได้กลับมาใหม่

regime: a government that controls a country, especially in a strict or unfair way - รัฐบาลที่ขึ้นมาปกครองโดยการยึดอำนาจ

regulation: an official rule that controls the way that things are done - กฎระเบียบ

restructure: to organise something such as a company in a different way so that it will operate better - ปรับโครงสร้างใหม่

retain: to keep - รักษา

secretary-general: the person who is in charge of the department that deals with the running of a large international or political organisation - เลขาธิการ, เลขาธิการใหญ่

set to: ready to do something - พร้อม

slim chance: a small chance, i.e., not likely to succeed -

stronghold: bastion; an area where there is a lot of support for a political party  - ฐานเสียง, ฐานที่มั่น, ขุมกำลัง

tipped to become: experts think that the person will become ... -

traditional: of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time - เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม, ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา

victory: winning a competition or a battle - ชัยชนะ

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