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Setting up a reform forum is prime minister's duty: Democrats

Deputy Democrat Party leader Nipit Intarasombat yesterday expressed support for the idea of issuing of an executive decree setting up a reform committee as proposed by 25 private organisations.

If caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is sincere about wanting to end the political crisis, her government should issue an executive decree to set up a forum as soon as it can, Nipit said.

He said the Cabinet had the authority to do so, but it had to persuade all stakeholders - including the big parties, the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and the private sector - to join the forum if it did not want charges filed against the caretaker government.

PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban has said he personally would not negotiate with the government or any mediator. He also said, however, that anything that could lead to peace should be done for the country.

Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, another deputy Democrat Party leader, admitted that members of 25 private organisations had tried to persuade Democrat leaders to back the issuing of an executive decree to set-up a reform body - but it was not her party's duty to join as a main player.

"We are ready to join any forum, if it is useful, and provides a solution to end the problems. But the big crisis happened because the caretaker government created it, so it must take responsibility and solve it first," she said.


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