(Jakarta, Indonesia/ June 16,2002) The Democrat Party of Thailand becomes the new chair party of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) replacing the Sam Rainsy Party of Cambodia.
The Democrat Party was elected during the CALD Executive Committee Meeting held at Hotel Borobodur in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan (DPP) was also elected in the same meeting as Chair Party-Elect that would take over the DP after the constitutionally mandated tenure of two years. The Democrat Party announced that it had nominated M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra MP and Mr. Alongkorn Ponlaboot as Chairperson and Secretray-General, respectively. The nomination was ratified by the Executive Committee.
This is the second time for the Democrat Party to serve as CALD Chair Party. The DP was the first to assume the CALD leadership with H.E. Surin Pitsuan, MP and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, as the first CALD Chairperson in 1993.
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