MP proposes path for interim PM

MP proposes path for interim PM

A Pheu Thai MP has suggested amending Section 291 of the constitution to allow for a transitional royally-appointed interim government, followed by a dissolution of parliament.

Pheu Thai MP for Chiang Rai Samart Kaewmeechai said on Thursday it was not possible to invoke Section 7 of the constitution and install a royally appointed prime minister and cabinet, as suggested by anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban.

He thought that a way out would be to first amend Section 291 by inserting a transitory provision to allow an unelected interim prime minister and government. After that, the House could be dissolved and the power returned to the people via a general election. 

He suggested Mr Suthep set up a new political party and put his proposals for reform to the electorate, and let the people decide whether to elect him to form a government.

This way he could have the legitimacy to set up his proposed "people's council". 

Mr Samart said he was worried that if the political conflict continues and the police could not control the situation, then people supporting another side of power might rise up to take Mr Suthep down.

Gothom Areeya, director of Mahidol University's Research Centre for Peace Building, said he was willing to mediate an academic forum where all parties could seek solutions to defuse the political tension by peaceful means. However, he admitted had not been approached by the government.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has suggested a forum be called to find a solution to the political conflict.

Mr Gothom said any such forum must be open to all opinions and all information must be made public. He believed it would take several  forum gatherings to reach any agreement.

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