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NSC supports election

National Security Council (NSC) chief Paradorn Pattanatabut

National Security Council (NSC) chief Paradorn Pattanatabut

National Security Council (NSC) chief Paradorn Pattanatabut believed that the government-hosted reform forum's messages would reach the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

He said that though the PDRC does not join the Sunday forum, the messages would be observed.

Following the ease in the political situation with the emergence of forums to raise ideas to end political impasses as well as the royal decree for the February 2 election, the security council would now campaign for cooperation from all civil servants, soldiers and police officers.

If asked, they will be ready to help the Election Commission carry out smooth elections, he said.

Meanwhile, he foresees the continuation in anti-government protests, but with a fewer number of protesters. Whether this would continue towards next year, it remains upto the PDRC.

He said that in the past few days, only about 1,000 protesters were seen at the Rajdamnoen rally site in the morning.

He is convinced that the lower number of protesters reflected the fact that protesters are weighing options. PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban would have to fight with public opinion if he still vows to oppose the February 2 election.

He said that few should show up to support the Students and People Network for Thailand Reform’s plan to lay seige of the US Embassy of Thailand, the move which could dent the image of Thailand.

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