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Yingluck promises post-election reform council

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced on TV on Saturday that the next government would set up a people's council to reform politics after the February 2 election.

Yingluck said on TV that her government had listened to suggestions of several sides expressed via several forums that Thailand needed to be reformed in social, economic and political dimensions.

But her government also needed to uphold the rule of law and the Constitution and the reform needed to be carried out by the mechanisms of parliament and government, she said.

As a result, she urged all the political parties that will contest the February 2 election are urged to sign a social contract to support the country's reform by setting up a people's council.

The council, which will be called Thailand Reform Council, must be formed only after the election and will have two-year term, she said.

Yingluck said the council would be comprised with representatives from profession groups and organizations that are legal entities, political parties, and other groups with no legal status.

She said the council would also take into account proposals of the Council of University Presidents of Thailand, meetings of permanent secretaries, other organizations and other local and national-level groups.

The council will propose mechanisms for reforming the country in the long run and will ensure that the politics will be reformed so that political officials will really represent the people.

She said she hoped that all forums would consider the government's proposal and send their suggestions to the government and hoped that the reform could begin soon after all sides agreed on the proposal of reform council.

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