Deputy PM plays coy about topics at junta-politician meeting in June

Breaking News April 23, 2018 17:26

By The Nation

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Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam continued to keep politicians guessing the topics for their meeting with the junta leader in June.



Wissanu said on Monday that he saw no need for politicians to learn about the topics early.

“They don’t need to know now. The earlier they know, the quicker they reject them and start criticising. That will only spoil the atmosphere,” he said. 

“When the time comes, they will know that they have to join the meeting, or they will be left behind. It’s better for them to wait. Certainly, they will know the meeting is useful.”

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has scheduled a meeting with representatives from political parties in June, citing the need to settle any problems that may affect their preparations for the next general election. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who heads the NCPO, initiated the talks, in line with a junta order issued last year.

Wissanu, who is in charge of the government’s legal affairs, said that even though no political parties had so far opted to attend the gathering, the NCPO and its organs would convene the meeting. He said that the NCPO Order No 53/2560 stated that the NCPO “may invite” political parties to attend the meeting.

 

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