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Govt won't drop unity bills, Thaksin aide

The government will never withdraw the reconciliation bills despite demands from the opposition Democrat Party and the People's Alliance for Democracy to abandon them, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra's local spokesman said yesterday.

Noppadon Pattama, Thaksin's legal adviser, said he did not think the bills were a ticking "time bomb" that would cause more strife in society.

"Thaksin and the Pheu Thai Party want to avoid conflict in order to keep politics stable. And for the government's survival, we won't do anything that could ignite a new conflict," he said.

The Democrats have campaigned against the government-sponsored constitutional amendment bill and reconciliation bills as trying to "whitewash" Thaksin, who has been convicted of political offences.

Noppadon said the ruling party would have to act fast on charter amendment after the Constitution Court released its official verdict in the case.

House Speaker Somsak Kiartsuranond should also stop trying to persuade the proponents of the reconciliation bills to retract them, he said.

"He should only do his job and stay impartial," he said.


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