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Democrats in favour of executive decree to set up reform committee: deputy leader

The Democrat Party appears to back the proposal by 25 private organisations for the issuing of an executive decree that would see the setting up of a reform committee, Nipit Intarasombat deputy Democrat Party leader said on Tuesday.

He said if caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was sincere about ending the political crisis, her government should decide to issue an executive decree as soon as it can. He said the Cabinet had authority to do so but had to persuade all the stakeholders, including the big parties, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and the private sector, to join a forum. This could avoid the filing of several charges against the caretaker government.

When asked, PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban said he would not negotiate with the government or any mediator, saying that anything that led to peace in the country should be done for the country.

Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, deputy Democrat Party leader, admitted that representatives of the 25 private organisations had tried convince Democrat party leaders on the issuing of an executive decree but said her party had no duty to join.

"We have always been ready to join any forum if it was useful and a solution to end the problems. The caretaker government created this crisis, so it must take responsibility for solving it," she said.


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