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UN chief must not take sides

Re: "UN will not condone 'undemocratic action' in Thailand: Ban", Politics, February.

First of all, it was gracious of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to display his concern over the ongoing political stand-off.

The UN chief is worried that "a number of Thai people were not able to exercise their right to vote" in Sunday's election.

However, there is more than meets the eye in this situation.

Premier Yingluck Shinawatra and her Pheu Thai Party violated the Constitution by passing three bills that were deemed unconstitutional. The verdict on the legality and legitimacy of the 312 MPs and senators who voted for an all-elected Senate - most of whom are members of the ruling party - is still pending.

These three bills seemed aimed at pushing Thailand toward a parliamentary dictatorship - not democracy.

As a result, half of the people of this country demanded that the government resign, and that it had no right to dissolve Parliament, call a snap election to whitewash its unconstitutional acts and become even more unrepentant and dictatorial.

However, these calls were not heeded by the ruling party.

Since Ban himself has admitted that the situation in Thailand is complex and deep-rooted, he must be careful not to be seen as taking sides here.

Vint Chavala

Lamphun


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