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Businesses relieved at court verdict
Payungsak Chartsutipol, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, said he was happy to hear the verdict because the government could now return to work, but he warned that the government should not neglect safety measures in case of street demonstrations.
"As the private sector, we don't want to see the violence that has followed street demonstrations any more. We've borne enough troubles and can no longer stand any further political unrest," he said.
The economy is recovering smoothly following the political protests that ended in violence in May. The anti-government movement should allow the reconciliation committee to address political conflicts instead of using street demonstrations, said Mr. Payungsak.
Kongkrit Hiranyakit, president for policy and planning at the Tourism Council of Thailand, said operators are relieved to learn of the Constitution Court verdict as it means the implementation of government policies will continue without interruption.
He said the verdict does not say which party is wrong or right and that should relieve political conflict. He hopes all parties will accept the ruling. Stable politics will boost confidence among foreign tourists and investors, he said.
Pipat Paniangvait, the president of Thai President Foods, the manufacturer of Mama instant noodles, said everyone should accept the court's decision, while those who disagreed with the ruling should read the court's statement to learn the reasons.
"A return to political stability is one of the things that businesses most want to see," Mr. Pipat said.
Foreign investors welcomed the court verdict, saying all parties should accept the result.
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