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Reform first and election later: I'm with Suthep

Re: "Is The Nation biased?", Letters, February 28.

An interesting question was posed by Prachyadavi Tavedikul. I guess there are fewer favourable things to write about the PDRC now that its activities have inconvenienced Bangkokians for four months and its demands for an unelected premier and council are deemed wicked in the eyes of the foreign press and Western ambassadors (though not to most Thais, more than 60 per cent of whom want an appointed interim premier, according to a recent poll.

Personally, I have been pro-PDRC since Suthep Thaugsuban's unlikely success in barring the man from Dubai's return. I have been even more pleasantly surprised by his untiring efforts to eradicate Thaksin's monopolistic power from Thai politics. That has inspired me to pen a few letters supporting and defending his deeds.

A recent report in The Nation quoting US Secretary of State John Kerry backs my belief that many foreign media, ambassadors and Thai academics have got it wrong: "A democracy is not defined solely by an election," Kerry said. "And what you have in many places is a general election, a popular election, absent reform, present with great corruption, great cronyism and a huge distortion of democratic process." Does he need to say more?

Agreed, Khun Suthep: reform first, election later!

Songdej Praditsmanont

Bangkok


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