Chavalit: Give people more power
The people should have a bigger role and more power in the country's political reform agenda and the development of democracy, former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh said at the first meeting of the political reform forum on Sunday.
- Published: 25/08/2013 at 03:07 PM
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Gen Chavalit said despite past attempts to solve conflicts, the past military coups and constitutions being abolished and rewritten over and over again, there had been no serious mentioning of the people's sovereign power.
The people should be given a bigger role and more power, he said.
Gen Chavalit said he believed the political reform forum organised by the government would be useful and that proposals put forward would be put into practice.
On the announcement by the People's Alliance for Democracy's first-generation of leaders that they were quitting political activities and would give their supporters a free hand to take their own political course, the former prime minister said what the PAD leaders had done was also for society.
He believed they would continue to make other useful contributions for the country.
Tida Tawornseth, the chairwoman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, said the UDD did not have a duty to protect the government but wanted the political reform forum to genuinely belong to the people, not just some 70 people invited by the government.
"I want to see this forum as a forum of the people of the whole country. The people's participation is essential," she said.
Ms Tida said the forum should not be used for groups in conflict to offer to take a step backward to bargain for their own interest, adding, "doing this would not offer a way out for the country".
"A way out for the country should enable the people with different political ideologies to stay together in peace," she said.
Uthai Pimchaichon, a former parliament president, said the forum should be divided into groups to look into the country's main problems over the economic, administrative and social systems.
The government should join hands with the private sector to tackle problems, he said.
Gothom Arya, an advocate for peace, said a council should be set up to study, manage and exchange opinions through social media.
Wuthisarn Tanchai, deputy secretary-general of King Prajadhipok's Institute, said a clear target should be set for solving problems.
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