Parties agree on coalition government policy platform

Parties agree on coalition government policy platform

Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul tells the media on Friday to wait for the announcement of cannabis liberalisation as part of the coalition government's policy platform. (Photo by Aekarach Sattaburuth)
Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul tells the media on Friday to wait for the announcement of cannabis liberalisation as part of the coalition government's policy platform. (Photo by Aekarach Sattaburuth)

The parties in the coalition government have agreed on the policy platform to be delivered in parliament, but a push for constitutional amendment may have been left out.

Palang Pracharath secretary-general Sonthirat Sonthijirawong said on Friday the coalition parties have settled on what will be presented in the platform. Only some detail changes are needed before the policies reach the hands of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Saturday.

Mr Sonthirat leads all government parties in formulating the government's policy package, with the first meeting on Thursday. Gen Prayut will make the policy platform official before parliament on July 24-26.

The Democrat Party did not attend the second policy formulation meeting on Friday, amid reports the party wants amending the constitution to be part of the policy platform.

Mr Sonthirat, the incoming energy minister, on Friday refused to talk about the issue, saying it needed  support from other parties in the coalition government.

Bhumjaithai leader Anutin Charnvirakul used a seminar on marijuana for medical use to declare his party's success in pushing for the liberalisation of cannabis for treatment of illness to be included in the coalition  platform.

"We are waiting to see the prime minister announce this soon as one of the government's policies," said Mr Anutin, who is the incoming health minister.


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