Even before they were elected nearly two years ago, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her ruling Pheu Thai Party said they planned to bring about national reconciliation through the introduction of new laws.
The result has been a flurry of proposed bills in parliament which, if anything, have increased the partisan fighting. There is also no evidence to suggest such laws will ever help resolve the situation. Last week, a bill proposing an amnesty for certain so-called political crimes was placed atop the agenda for the next session of parliament, which reconvenes on Aug 1.
The amnesty bill sponsored by Samut Prakan MP Worachai Hema has been described as "moderate" and "less controversial" than seven other such bills on the Lower House docket. Until last week, it was placed as the second-least important matter on parliament's agenda. But a heated, divisive two-day debate pushed it to the top of the list.
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