Assistant news editor
Chairith Yonpiam is assistant news editor, Bangkok Post.
At first glance, it seems the formation of the reconciliation committee has hit a snag as the idea is opposed by some opposition parties, and the anti-dictatorship movement. But there are signs that those opposed to it may get back to the negotiating table, signalling light at the end of the tunnel.
While the movement for charter amendment as demanded by student activists appears to be gaining steam, with the formation of a constitutional drafting panel under way, there are signs some senators may already be backpedalling. There are suspicions this may be a tactic by the Prayut Chan-o-cha government to derail the process.
Now is a turbulent time, not only for the government, which has encountered a plethora of challenges, for example the student rallies and the economic downturn, but also for the opposition bloc with regard to widening divisions between two major parties -- Pheu Thai and Move Forward -- as they compete for the leading role in the students' pro-democracy rallies.
If Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is really serious about averting the current political crisis stemming from the confrontation between pro-democracy and right-wing factions, he must immediately take steps to have the charter rewritten and set up a drafting panel.