Thursday, March 1, 2007

Thai Capitalists Comment on Pridiyathorn's Demise


Concern over stability of govt

Little impact if good successor is named soon: businessmen

Business people were shocked by the abrupt resignation of MR Pridiyathorn Devakula as deputy prime minister and finance minister yesterday, expressing their worries about the stability of Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont's government and calling for a capable person to succeed Pridiyathorn as quickly as possible.

Although most people interviewed by The Nation said they understood that, given the interim nature of the government, Pridiyathorn's resignation should not have a serious impact on economic policy, they were more concerned with the cause of his resignation, which reflects severe divisions within the military-installed government.

"We are shocked that the top person overseeing the economy has quit so suddenly," said Santi Vilassakdanont, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries. "This raises many questions, mainly about the stability of the government after the resignation and what possible policy changes could be in store," Santi said.


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