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Govt may fail in solving economic, narcotics problems


February 18, 2008

Poll: Govt may fail in solving economic, narcotics problems

The six party coalition government led by Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej may not be able to solve national economic, narcotics and corruption problems prevailing in Thailand in the next six months, according to a survey conducted by Assumption University’s ABAC Poll.

The poll queried 1,459 people living in Bangkok and surrounding areas.

Out of a total 10 points, the government, which has administered the country since the beginning of February, received a score of only 4.31 in solving economic problems, 4.26 points in solving the drug problem, 3.76 points in solving divisiveness among members in the six party coalition and 3.62 points in suppressing corruption.

Almost half of the total respondents - 45.4 per cent - said they still supported Mr. Samak as prime minister while 36.8 per cent did not and 17.8 per cent remained neutral.

Touching on a plan by the government to bring some of the 111 former senior executives of the disbanded Thai Rak Thai Party to work in state agencies or state enterprises, 53.6 per cent of respondents gave the green light to the idea while 45.6 per cent disagreed.

The government has said it would seek amnesty for the 111 former senior executives of the Thai Rak Thai party, founded by ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who were banned from political activity for five years.

Courtesy TNA

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