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Appeal for budget watchdog

New body would fight graft, say academics

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A Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) should be established as an independent organisation amid any political reform measures, as the country must plug loopholes that allow corruption, say academics. 

The organisation could be formed through parliamentary legislation, said Somchai Jitsuchon, research director at the Thailand Research and Development Institute.

Mr Somchai said the organisation should be created as soon as there is a functioning government, as one of the problems stemming from political tensions is a lack of transparency in fiscal budgetary spending intertwined with a tendency towards increasing off-budget expenditure.

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