Abhisit Vejjajiva was prime minister during a bloody crackdown on protesters in 2010 [Kate Mayberry/Al Jazeera]

Bangkok, Thailand – The leader of the Democrats wants Thailand’s oldest political party to be at the “core of government” after Sunday’s election, the first since the military seized control of the country in 2014 after months of street protests.

Abhisit Vejjajiva told Al Jazeera his party wants to move beyond the conflicts of the past and that a new civilian government would be able to make changes to the system put in place by the military under General Prayuth Chan-ocha.

The generals have introduced a new constitution, revised the electoral system and drawn up a 20-year development plan that is supposed to be followed by any new

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