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"A failed government" should step aside for competent "neutral government," says Former finance minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula. 

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Former finance minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula shows his open letter to the prime minister to the media at his press conference yesterday. SEKSAN ROJJANAMETAKUL

Pridiyathorn calls on PM to quit

Former finance minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula's call for caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra to resign and make way for a "neutral government" has drawn a fierce response from the government.

Key government figures labelled the remarks as unfair and said they showed a lack of commitment to following the democratic path.

MR Pridiyathorn branded the caretaker administration a "failed government" yesterday and called on Ms Yingluck to step down from her caretaker role.

In an open letter to Ms Yingluck which he read to the media, MR Pridiyathorn said: "Her resignation is possible under the democratic process when an administration finds that it can no longer govern the country.

"The current constitution makes way for an appointment of outsiders to run the country on an interim basis."

In reply, caretaker Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong sent an open letter of his own to MR Pridiyathorn.

Mr Kittiratt said on his Facebook page that MR Pridiyathorn's proposals showed disregard for democratic principles.

They also ignored the fact that the existence of the government and the caretaker prime minister show the democratic process under the constitution is still working, he added.

MR Pridiyathorn argued in his open letter that the Yingluck administration had failed to accomplish its key missions, reflecting a clear lack of ability to run the country.

"Your government has not been able to pay farmers for the rice they sold under your rice-pledging policy. Your government has kept millions of farmers waiting for several months for their payments," he wrote.

Protesting rice farmers from western provinces picket outside the Commerce Ministry. The farmers are holding placards attacking the caretaker government and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over delayed payments in the rice-pledging scheme. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD



The government cannot pay the farmers because it cannot provide enough funds for the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives [BAAC] to operate the scheme as planned.

The delay by the Finance Ministry in issuing the BAAC bonds, and the Ministry of Commerce's inability to sell the rice caused the BACC's lack of funds to pay farmers, he said.

"The failure to operate this flagship policy is a direct result of your government's lack of ability and nothing else," MR Pridiyathorn claimed.

On the government's proposal to establish a reform assembly, MR Pridiyathorn said no private sector organisations agreed to join the assembly.

"No one trusts or believes that the government will support genuine reform. They are concerned that the government has a hidden agenda," he wrote.

He called on Ms Yingluck and her caretaker cabinet to resign so that a new government can be formed consisting of "neutral people" who are well recognised by the public.

"The new government will have no problems drawing representatives from different sectors to join hands and cooperate on how to reform the country effectively," MR Pridiyathorn said.

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Vocabulary:

ability: a level of skill or intelligence - ความสามารถม กังวลใจ

accomplish: to achieve something - ทำได้สำเร็จ

administration: government - รัฐบาล

appointment: when someone is officially chosen for a job - การแต่งตั้ง

argue: to give reasons why you think that something is right/wrong, true/not true, etc, especially to persuade people that you are right - ห้เหตุผล, อ้างเหตุผล

assembly: a group of people who have been elected or chosen in order to discuss issues and make decisions - สภา, สมัชชา

basis: the idea or system that something is "based" on - พื้นฐาน,รากฐาน,หลักสำคัญ

bond: a way that companies and the government borrow money from many people each of which owns one or more "bonds" which are usually traded on securities exchanges - พันธบัตร

branded: described as - เรียกว่าเป็น

cabinet: the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี

caretaker: in charge for a short time, until a new leader or government is chosen - รักษาการ

claim: to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - อ้าง

Commerce Ministry: the Thai government ministry focusing on internal and external tarde, ensuring free and fair trade and protecting consumers - กระทรวงพาณิชย์

commitment: willing to give your time and energy to something that you believe in; a promise or firm decision to do something - การให้คำมั่นสัญญา, การให้คำมั่น, การมอบความไว้วางใจ

concerned: worried about something   - มีความกังวล

consist of: to be made of or formed from something - ประกอบด้วย

constitution: the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ

cooperate: to work with other people to achieve a result that is good for everyone involved - ร่วมมือกัน

current: of the present time - ปัจจุบัน

delay: when you have to wait longer than expected for something to happen, or the time that you have to wait - การเลื่อน, การเสียเวลา

delayed: happening at a later time than expected - เกิดขึ้นช้ากว่าปกติ

disregard: not respecting something or considering it important - ความไม่เอาใจใส่, ความเฉยเมย, ความเพิกเฉย

draw: to attract or interest somebody - ดึงดูดความสนใจ

effectively: producing the result that was intended - ได้ผลดี

establish: to start something, e.g. a company, organisation, fund, project, etc. that will likely continue for a long time - สถาปนา, ก่อตั้ง, จัดตั้ง

existence: the state of being a real or living thing, or of being present in a particular place, time, or situation - การดำรงอยู่,การมีอยู่,การมีชีวิตอยู่,ความเป็นอยู่

fierce: very strong - รุนแรง, ดุเดือด

figure: someone who is important in some way - บุคคลสำคัญ

finance minister: the minister in charge of managing the country's money กระทรวงการคลัง - รัฐมนตรีกระทรวงการคลัง

Finance Ministry: the ministry in charge of managing the country's money - กระทรวงการคลัง

flagship: the most important product, service, building, etc. that an organisation owns or produces - ผลิตภัณฑ์หรือบริการหลัก

former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน

genuine: real; honest - แท้

govern: to legally control a country, area or its people and be responsible for introducing new laws, organising public services, etc - ปกครอง, วางระเบียบ, ควบคุม

hidden agenda: a secret reason for doing something because you will get an advantage from it - เบื้องหน้าเบื้องหลัง; วาระซ่อนเร้น

ignore: to fail to pay attention to; to pretend that you have not noticed or do not know about something - เพิกเฉย

inability: being unable to do something - การขาดความสามารถ, การไร้ความสามารถ

interim: temporary and intended to be used or accepted until something permanent exists - ชั่วคราว

issue: to officially give out - ออก

key: very important - ที่สำคัญ

label: to use a word or phrase to describe someone or something, especially one that is not completely fair or true - ติดชื่อ

lack of: when there is not enough of something - ขาด

media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ

mission: an important piece of work that a person or a group of people has been given to do - ภาระกิจ หน้าที่

neutral: a person, group or country that does not support either side in a disagreement, competition or war - ผู้เป็นกลาง, ผู้ไม่ฝักใฝ่ฝ่ายใดฝ่ายหนึ่ง

operate: to carry out a planned activity involving a lot of people to work in a particular way or from a particular place - ปฏิบัติ, ปฏิบัติงาน

outsider: someone who does not belong to a particular group or organization - บุคคลภายนอก

placard: a large written or printed notice that is put in a public place or carried in a march or protest - ป้ายประกาศ, แผ่นประกาศ

policy: a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย

press conference: an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว

principle: a basic belief, theory, or rule that has a major influence on the way in which something is done; a moral rule or standard of good behavior - กฎ, ข้อปฏิบัติ, หลักปฏิบัติ

private sector: businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - ภาคเอกชน

process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ

proposal: a plan or suggestion for a group to consider - ข้อเสนอ

protest: to make a strong complaint or disagreement - ประท้วง

recognised: well known - เป็นที่รู้จักกันดี

reflect: to show - สะท้อน แสดงถึง

reform: a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair - การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป

remark: something said - คำพูด

representative: someone who has been chosen or elected by a person or group to vote, give opinions, or make decisions for them - ผู้แทน

resign: to leave a job permanently - ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง

response: an answer - การตอบ

rice-pledging scheme: a government programme in which farmers sell rice to the government at a particular price, with the right to reclaim the rice if the market price goes higher - โครงการจำนำข้าว

role: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท

scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ

trust: to believe someone is honest, fair, and reliable - เชื่อใจ, ไว้วางใจ

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