Two former deputy prime ministers said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra must look for a way to settle the dispute over the amnesty bill to avoid possible political violence.
Thanong Bidaya, former deputy premier and finance minister in the Thai Rak Thai 2 cabinet, said even though the prime minister has left the legislation to the process of the parliamentary mechanism, she must be held responsible if the parliament’s decision creates a severe social division.
While waiting for the Senate to consider the blanket amnesty bill, Ms Yingluck should spend time finding ways to lift the country out of social conflict, he said.
“I propose that Ms Yingluck be patient and look for an acceptable solution to the problem, to prevent unrest from occurring,” said Mr Thanong.
Asked whether the situation is the same as in 2006 or 2010, Mr Thanong said the current situation is not that critical.
Ms Yingluck must acknowledge that the several groups of people are opposing the bill and that it is her responsibility to bring about national reconciliation. She must resolve the dispute if it causes social division, he said.
MR Pridiyadhorn Devakula, another former deputy prime minister, said the government should listen to the voices of the people, who had turned out in large numbers to rally against the blanket amnesty bill.
He expected more people to join the protests if the government continues to push ahead with the controversial bill.
The situation would return to normal if the Senate rejects the amnesty bill, MR Pridiyadhorn said.