Prayut submits govt policies to parliament

Prayut submits govt policies to parliament

Fighthing poverty, promoting marijuana among priorities

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will lead the cabinet in announcing the new government's policies before Parliament on Thursday. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will lead the cabinet in announcing the new government's policies before Parliament on Thursday. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has submitted his government's policies to the parliament speaker for debate, promising to move the country out of the middle-income trap during his tenure.

The 40-page policy document was sent to Speaker Chuan Leekpai on Friday and was released to the public on Sunday. The document will be distributed to all lawmakers for study before the policy debate starts on Thursday.

Gen Prayut will declare the policies before Parliament to start the debate with the Opposition ready to grill him and his cabinet members.

The prime minister outlined 12 urgent issues for the government ranging from the fight against poverty to global economic uncertainty.

"The government is determined to promote development in order to move Thailand out of the middle-income trap," Gen Prayut said in a prepared speech to be delivered to the legislative members on Thursday.

The government will speed up research and development to commercialise marijuana, hemp and other herbs for medical purposes to boost the economy and people's income.

He said the government will receive public feedback about whether to amend the charter. 

There is no timeframe for the urgent issues to be tackled by the government.

The policies are largely a continuation of the those made by the junta, which pushed for its flagship policy, the Eastern Economic Cooridor, to create new industries for the country.

Mr Chuan has set Thursday and Friday for the policy debate and it can be extended for another day if necessary.

The 19-party government has only 254 votes in the 500-seat House of Representatives. The cabinet took the oath of office during the swearing-in ceremony at Ambara Villa in Dusit Palace on Tuesday.


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