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Caretaker PM officially proposes "Thailand Reform Council"

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday proposed the setting up of "Thailand Reform Council" to reform politics after the February 2 election.

In a special TV programme, Yingluck said the post-election government would be committed to continuing the work of the council.

She called all sectors of the society to join the council in order to solve the onging political conflicts.

"My government has listened to suggestions of several sides from the several forums and agrees that reforms are needed in the social, economic and political dimensions," she said.

She is thus proposing the setting up of the council in parallel with the February 2 snap election.

To start the process, 2,000 people will be recruited from representatives from all professional groups and organizations throughout the country. They in turn will select 499 members from among themselves for the council.

A special committee will be formed to organise the selection process, Yingluck said. It would specify qualifications and other conditions of those who wish to be on the 499-member council.

The 11member committee will include Supreme commander, secretary general of NESDB, chiefs of government agencies and president of Board of Trade of Thailand.

She insisted that her government would not get involved in the establishment of the council. The PM's Office and the cabinet would only acknowledge the council but not approve it.

She did not give any indication of the term of such a council, though earlier she mentioned it would operate for two years.

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