Former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyud has called on the National Council for Peace and Order to relinquish power and hold a general election this year.
Chavalit responded to reports that the junta wants to hold on to power for another five years by introducing a five-year transition period involving a partial return to democracy before implementing a full return to democracy.
“The problems facing the country are complex,” Chavalit said in an opening letter to the public that was delivered during a press conference at his home Thursday. “If the NCPO does not sacrifice by relinquishing its power fast, it would be difficult to eradicate the problems.”
About 10 security officials monitored the event, which they did not record.
The letter was addressed to “Thais who love their country”.
In it, he said since the NCPO had taken power it had diffused political conflicts at one level but led the country into deeper conflicts and economic distress.
He said the charter draft by the Constitution Drafting Commission led by Meechai Ruchupan had met with opposition from many sectors of society because the content was not democratic, even though the draft was being revised before being voted on in a public referendum.