Chalerm to propose own amnesty bill
- Published: 18/04/2013 at 02:11 PM
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Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung will propose a bill to grant amnesty to all, regardless of political affiliations, during the next parliamentary session, which begins in August.
He said his draft bill had only six sections. It would grant amnesty to all who were involved in political violence since the Sept 19, 2006 military coup that toppled the Thaksin Shinawatra government up to the day his proposed amnesty law takes effect.
After parliament goes into recess on April 21, he would tour the Northeast to explain the bill and its intentions to the people there.
Copies of his bill would be distributed to all political parties and education institutes for study, Mr Chalerm said.
"I will propose the bill myself. It will definitely not be against the rule of law," he added.
Mr Chalerm claimed all sides would benefit from his legislation, which he regarded as the first step forward in ending the divisions in the country.
He admitted Thaksin Shinawatra would also benefit from it, but it was up to the former prime minister to decide for himself whether to return to Thailand if the bill became law.
Mr Chalerm declined to comment on the decision today by the Pheu Thai Party move an amnesty bill filed by Samut Prakan MP Worachai Hema to the top of the House agenda for the August parliamentary session.
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