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21 September 2008 :: 07:09:28 am 42344

Negotiations Between Pad, Government to Start After Cabinet Forms

BANGKOK, Sept 20 -- Negotiations between the anti-government People‘s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters and the Thai government aimed at resolving the political crisis in the country are expected to start after the formation of the cabinet, according to retired Maj-Gen. Chamlong Srimuang, a PAD core leader.
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Maj. Gen. Chamlong told journalists at a daily press briefing that the date and major issues to be raised during the proposed meeting have not yet been fixed as newly-appointed Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat is very busy forming his cabinet.

The PAD protesters have decided to let Mr. Somchai form his cabinet first, but its PAD position remains unchanged: the 2007 Constitution, written by coupmaker-appointed legal and constitutional experts, must remain unchanged and the ruling People Power Party (PPP) must go, Gen. Chamlong said. Still occupying the prime minister’s offices at Government House, the PAD has accused the PPP as being a proxy of the ousted, fugitive prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who avoided returning to Thailand to face legal proceedings, jumped bail and went to stay in Britain.

The planned negotiations between the PAD protesters and the new government being formed came after Mr. Somchai telephoned another PAD core leader, Sondhi Limthongkul, immediately upon being voted in as prime minister by elected members of the House of Representatives earlier this week. Meanwhile, the PAD will proceed with its plan to hold discussions to promote its proposed ‘New Politics’ on Sunday in which invited academics and representatives of varied professions will participate.

The discussions will be held at Government House and ideas gained from the dialogue will be brought to a meeting of PAD core leaders to be held Monday. Under its so-called ‘New Politics’ system, the PAD is calling for 70 per cent of House seats to be filled by appointees, with the remainder elected.

Critics of the proposal suggest that having a Parliament with only 30 per cent of its seats filled by election is not moving toward democracy, but away from participatory govenment. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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