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Temporary elected 'People's Parliament' proposed

A temporary "People's Parliament" should be established to bypass the country's political deadlock, a noted academic proposed while participating in a seminar panel yesterday.

Charas Suwanmala, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University's political science faculty, said it was unlikely that the February 2 election would be completed, or that the House of Representatives would have enough MPs to be opened.

Not having a sitting House or a government that can fully function would put the country at a great disadvantage, he said, so the People's Parliament should be formed on a temporary basis to solve urgent problems facing the country, Charas said.

Unlike the proposal by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to establish an appointed council, members of the People's Parliament would be elected, Charas said.

Former Democrat Party deputy leader Alongkorn Ponlaboot expressed confidence that the political crisis could be solved through talks and by establishing a reform panel comprising members of both political camps. He urged the military and independent agencies to carry out their duties in a neutral manner.

Aumnuay Khlangpha, a Pheu Thai Party Lop Buri MP candidate and former chief government whip, said the political impasse could be solved through negotiations among Pheu Thai, the Democrats and the PDRC. He added that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was ready to sit at the negotiation table, but not to debate on television.


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