Abhisit calls on Yingluck, Suthep to hold talks on live TV

national March 25, 2014 00:00

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Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva Tuesday called on caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and People's Democratic Reform Committee secretary general Suthep Thaugsuban to told talks on national reform live on TV



The live broadcast would create confidence among the people and prevent the spread of rumours that cause both sides to attack each other

Abhisit was speaking to the Senate committee on political development and public participation in politics The committee invited Abhisit to express his opinion on political reform

Abhisit admitted that certain reforms could not be completed before an election because they would require charter amendments to implement them

As a result, he said a public referendum should be held on whether the people want reforms so that politicians would have to commit themselves to carrying out reforms after the election

“The most difficult thing about reforms is to find the starting point, as both sides are squabbling over whether the reforms should be introduced before or after the next election,” Abhisit said.
“Each side refuses to accept the other’s reasons So, I think we must follow a middle path We must carry out urgent things first because it is impossible to complete all reform issues fast For example, decentralisation cannot be done in one or two years And if an election is held now, no one will believe that it will lead to reform.”


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