Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday that it was not necessary for the interim charter to grant the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) absolute control because the country was not facing any security threats.
Abhisit expressed disapproval of Article 17 in the proposed charter, which he said was similar to the charter put in place by Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat after the coup in 1958.
The Democrat leader reasoned that political parties and warring factions had been cooperating and helping the NCPO maintain peace and order. He pointed out that nobody had staged any protests.
Instead, he said, the NCPO should strike a balance between controlling people and allowing them their rights, adding that if too much weight was given to control and too little to rights, then the public would feel uncomfortable.
He said an interim charter that restricts basic rights might have adverse political ramifications.