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Dems back Prayuth on reform council

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY has voiced support for National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha's call to exclude politicians from a reform council because their interests conflict with political reform.

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said his party agreed with Prayuth that having politicians on the council would provoke concerns that politicians would amend laws or reform the political structure for their own advantage. He said the Democrats were ready to offer suggestions useful on reform, such as land reform to cut economic disparity.

Democrat Party deputy leader Nipit Intarasombat said if the party was invited by the NCPO to give comments on the latter's 11-point reform plan, it would present its plan that it had earlier presented to the public.

He believed Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva would offer his suggestions in person to the NCPO if the party were invited to be part of the process.

Pheu Thai secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai tweeted that he and Pheu Thai Party representatives, including the party's caretaker leader Wirot Pao-in, Chusak Sirinil and Chavalit Withayasuth, met with NCPO officials on Wednesday to discuss how to reform the country to "return happiness to the people".

He said the party submitted Pheu Thai's reform plan and he suggested that the NCPO restore democracy as soon as possible and create an atmosphere where people with differing political beliefs could live together peacefully.

He said he wanted the country to have the rule of law and good governance and enforce laws without double standards.

Phumtham agreed with Army assistant chief General Paiboon Koomchaya's comment that the country needed brave and courageous men to tackle its problems.

He also told the NCPO that the country badly needed integrated water management and an integrated transport infrastructure.


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