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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs   16 December 2013  
Suthep: People's Council is solution to solve political problems

BANGKOK, Dec 14 -- Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said Thailand was now in a political vacuum where the People's Council was the only solution to solve political problems, and reforms must be carried out before a general election.
Mr Suthep, People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) secretary general, told a public forum at Thammasat University that political reform should be done before the general election, set for February 2.
The forum was held by PDRC to exchange ideas among the general public and academics to seek political reform solutions.
Mr Suthep said that now the country was in a political vacuum as the Yingluck government had lost legitimacy.
If a People's Council was instituted, it would lead to political reforms which would fix the flaws of various existing laws, he said, adding that when the legal matter was settled, a general election would then be held. This process would help the country weather the problems, he said.
Mr Suthep has also urged the rural doctors society nationwide to coordinate with provincial organisations in setting up PDRC representatives all over the country. (MCOT online news)

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AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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