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Tongthong to invite 100 individuals to talk on Sunday

Tongthong Chantharangsu, the permanent secretary for the PM's Office, said Friday that he would invite 100 representatives from all sectors to talk about reform on Sunday.

Tongthong has been assigned by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to hold talks with representatives from all sides in an effort to find a solution to the current political impasse.

The meeting will be held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre on Sunday starting at 9am.

Tongthong said the 100 individuals would represent seven major business organisations, the People's Democratic Reform Committee and the King Prachadipok's Institute. They would include university rectors, permanent secretaries, police and military officers, state enterprise employees and the media as well as senators.

He said political parties would also be invited to send two representatives to the meeting.

Tongthong said he would also try to invite former prime minister Anand Panyarachun and Senior Citizen Prawase Wasi.

He said the meeting would be initially chaired by the most senior person at the meeting and that a chairman and secretary would then be selected.

So far, no meeting agenda has been set, Tongthong said, adding that he has prepared information on legal technicalities, the House dissolution royal decree, the Constitution and opinions from all sides for the meeting to discuss.

Tongthong said those to be invited may send meeting topics to him in advance.

He noted the talks could not be completed in just one day and expressed the home that the reform forum would come up with a roadmap for Thailand before the New Year holidays so that all sides would willingly join the February 2 election.

The talks would also be broadcast live on NBT and the people are welcomed to express their opinions via SMS to 4221559.

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