Thaksin's son proposes election of interim PM to carry out reforms

national April 01, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Pantongtae Shinawatra, the son of former prime minister Thaksin, on Tuesday proposed that an interim prime minister be elected to carry out reforms.

He made the suggestion in a message posted on his Facebook wall as a way of compromising with Suthep Thaugsuban, the secretary general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee.
Pantongtae said most people would definitely not accept the choice of an interim prime minister proposed by Suthep.
“We should have a process to elect a prime minister to work for a short period during the reforms. When the reforms are complete, he or she will call an election in which the Democrats would take part and the country could move forward,” Pantongtae said.
He said the senatorial election on Sunday went smoothly unlike the general election on February 2, which was blocked, leading to its nullification.
Pantongtae said the general election was blocked because the Democrats knew they would be beaten.
He said if the Democrats continued to hold the country hostage, Thailand would be permanently subject to coups.
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