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Gen Chavalit calls for election to be held this year

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Gen Chavalit calls for election to be held this year

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BANGKOK: -- Former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh urged the National Council for Peace and Order to stage an election within this year in order to let the new elected government to tackle political, social and economic problems.

In his open letter addressed to the public, General Chavalit suggested the NCPO to adopt the middle path, to try to restore national reconciliation and to cede its power to a non-partisan committee represented by all sectors of the Thai society which will be tasked with staging the election.

The former chief advisor of the Pheu Thai party said that the duty of the military is to safeguard the country and to maintain security and, hence, the military junta should return to the barracks and hand over the power to the post-election government to deal with political, social and economic problems.

As for the charter draft and whether it will survive the referendum or not, General Chavalit noted that the fate of the charter draft would depend on the NCPO. He said the government must deliver a constitution which will not be torn to pieces in the future.

The former prime minister suggested that push carts named Chan-ocha should be produced, distributed to various cities and used to display Thai products to promote Thailand and Thai products.

He also suggested that fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra helps find new market for Thai rice.

In making the above suggestions, General Chavalit defended that he just wanted to help the country go through all the crises with the hope that democracy will be restored.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/content/152422

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-- Thai PBS 2016-02-26

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I suppose that's one way to get yourself off the PM's Christmas card list. blink.png

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"General Chavalit suggested the NCPO to adopt the middle path, to try to restore national reconciliation and to cede its power to a non-partisan committee represented by all sectors of the Thai society which will be tasked with staging the election.

He also suggested that fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra helps find new market for Thai rice".

Translation; I have received a handsome commission from TS to continue to carry out his policy's of disruption and destabilization of the governments that succeeded him, disrupt the Thai people and nation, while paying people to be constantly singing his praises.

The red mob will continue to be a subversive and violent element within the society.

Red movements represents communism and that is exactly what TS has been running e.g. putting his family and friends in key positions of government just like N Korea and Cuba etc.

Policy's of whats mine is mine and whats yours is mine, you are either with me or against me and you don't want to be against me.

Policy's of disruption and violence against political opponents.

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Sadly the old boy is well past his ''best before date;'' classic threshing of another political dinosaur. Check his track record to see how efficient he was a brasshat and a politician.

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" He also suggested that fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra helps find new market for Thai rice. "

It seems only fair, that the person whose scheme created the rice-mountain, should help try to dispose of the consequent mess ? whistling.gif

And I wonder whether the good General has any suggestions, as to who might be on (or even chair) his proposed non-partisan committee, a cynic might think this is just his previous proposal to offer himself as a reconciliation-PM, revived yet again ?

However his role in TRT & PPP & PTP governments, sometimes as a DPM or minister, might cause him to be seen as somewhat less-than non-partisan ? wink.png

But one can't deny that movement towards an election would certainly be welcome.

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Chavalit the man who is responsible of the 1997 economics crisis......

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I just wonder how many more ex general Thaksin is going to dig up from their graves, reanimate them

to come to speak on his behalf..... just so he would have another shot to claw his ways

back in into Thai people lives again....

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In a way it is nice to see, how Asians deal with but essentially ignore old farts. Banharn Silpa-Archa is another one of the same chromosome splitting.

In the West Chavalit would have faced the music; the elder hands in town will remember his disastrous "Green Esaan" programme in the later 80s; he also pulled off a nice one with the 1997 free falling Thai Baht.

I was always of the opinion, that to see/learn anything about dinosaurs we would have to use the stretch between Khon Kaen and Mukdahan - thanks to Chavalit we can even witness a live specimen.

Wonder what, if at all, the international news hounds will make out of it coffee1.gif

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Good to hear someone in (former) authority finally speaking up for Democracy in Thailand. The students can't do it all by themselves.

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Saw the headline with a general calling for elections this year and thought this was a great sign... until I realized it's a PTP mouthpiece. Just more fun and games is all.

However, there is always a reward for viewing such topics, in this case: "The former prime minister suggested that push carts named Chan-ocha should be produced, distributed to various cities and used to display Thai products to promote Thailand and Thai products."

That comedy gold must surely be the most bizarre thing we'll hear until the next one opens his mouth.

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Like it or not, the man is speaking pragmatically.

Unfortunately the powers behind the junta will never rest until they have (or think they they have) completely neutralised any chance for a populist democratic government to be elected.

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the NCPO ... to cede its power to a non-partisan committee represented by all sectors of the Thai society

Poor Chavalit is confusing Prayut's regime with a republic wherein the military pledges its allegiance to the people. The Thai military is very possessive of its own sovereignty and unlikely even to share it with the Thai people even though they are used to sustain the military command.

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I wonder how much he got for that, I find it funny that these people actually think they are speaking from the high ground - check his bank account

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