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23 December 2008 :: 19:12:39 pm 28100

Cabinet Approves Govt Policy for Presentation to Parliament

BANGKOK, Dec 23 - Thailand's newly-appointed coalition government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Tuesday approved the government's policy which will be debated in Parliament by members of the House of Representatives next week, Education Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said Tuesday afternoon.
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Approval on the policy was made during the first cabinet session and will be printed on Wednesday in time for the House debate, scheduled to be held next Monday and Tuesday, said Mr. Jurin, who chaired the government policy drafting committee.

According to Mr. Jurin, the policy contains 22 urgent programmes to be implemented by the government, plus long-term projects to be carried out during the remaining three years of the administration.

Regarding the government’s policy to resolve violence in Thailand’s deep south, which re-ignited in January 2004 and had so far left more than 3,500 dead, Mr. Jurin said the government plans to establish a new office to administer the troubled southernmost border provinces affairs.

The new agency will have considerable freedom of action under the direct supervision of a minister to be appointed later by Mr. Abhisit, said Mr. Jurin.

The ruling Democrat Party, under the leadership of Mr. Abhisit, has southern provinces as its stronghold.

Mr.Abhisit said later that Suthep Thaugsuban, one of three deputy prime ministers, would take up the role of overseeing the policy for the southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

Another ministerial level appointment will be assigned to help Mr. Suthep in dealing with problems in the South, with Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Senniam initially being in charge.

The prime minister said his government would use not only security measures to attempt to resolve the problem, but will also apply economic and cultural measures to address the varied differences in the region in which ethnic Malay Muslims are the majority population. If the government focuses solely on security matters, it would have to send massive numbers of troops to the provinces, which Mr. Jurin said he thought was not a final and sustainable solution.

Problem solving would be carried out in many dimensions, he said, which he was confident would improve situation. (TNA)

UDD demands PM jettison Foreign Minister Kasit


BANGKOK, Dec 23 (TNA) – A leading member of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on Tuesday demanded that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva rescind his appointment of his Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, as Mr. Kasit had joined the UDD’s rival in the closing of Suvarnabhumi Airport late last month.

Jatuporn Prompan, a party-list member of parliament for the Puea Thai Party and also a host of a television talk show, demanded that the prime minister remove Mr. Kasit from the ministerial post after he had given an interview to a foreign media that the seizure of the airport by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) supporters from November 25 to December 3 was “fun, with delicious food and sweet music”.

Mr. Jatuporn said that the remarrks made by Mr. Kasit, who officially began working at his post on Tuesday, were considered as “challenging the feelings of people nationwide” and that the action had severely damaged the country’s economy, and therefore Mr. Kasit should not be given the ministerial post.

The PAD also occupied Don Mueang domestic airport during the same period and demanded then government of Somchai Wongsawat to resign unconditionally.

Charging that Mr. Abhisit should not allow a “terrorist who had seized an airport to become a minister”, Mr. Jatuporn said his men may one day in the future surround the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He said UDD supporters will hold a talk show and rally at Bangkok’s Sanam Luang on Sunday and will decide whether they will march on Parliament on Monday and Tuesday when the coalition government under the ruling Democrat Party presents its policy to the House.

Meanwhile, Deputy Interior Minister Boonjong Wongtrairat told journalists that the planned rally at Parliament by the UDD must be conducted with respect to the country’s laws. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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