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Former Prime Minister and Retired Supreme Commander General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh Urges Thailands Junta to hold Elections this Year



Former PM General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, Urged the NLA to hold Elections this year. - Nation Photo

Former PM General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, Urged the NLA to hold Elections this year. – Nation Photo

BANGKOK – Former Prime Minister and retired General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh has urged the National Council for Peace and Order to stage an election within this year in order to let an elected government tackle Thailand’s political, social and economic problems.

In an open letter addressed to the public and published by Thai PBS, General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh suggested the NCPO to adopt the middle path, to try to restore national reconciliation and to cede its power to a non-partisan committee represented by all sectors of the Thai society which will be tasked with staging the election.

The former chief advisor of the Pheu Thai party said that the duty of the military is to safeguard the country and to maintain security and, hence, the military junta should return to the barracks and hand over the power to the post-election government to deal with political, social and economic problems.

As for the charter draft and whether it will survive the referendum or not, General Chavalit noted that the fate of the charter draft would depend on the NCPO. He said the government must deliver a constitution which will not be torn to pieces in the future.

The former prime minister suggested that push carts named Chan-ocha should be produced, distributed to various cities and used to display Thai products to promote Thailand and Thai products.

Chavalit also suggested that fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra help find new markets for the stock piles of Thai rice accumulated in the rice pledging scheme during his sisters time as Prime Minister.

In making the above suggestions, General Chavalit defended that he just wanted to help the country go through all the crises with the hope that democracy will be restoed.

General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, was the 22nd Prime Minister of Thailand (1996–1997) He was the Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army from 1986 to 1990 and Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces from 1987 to 1990.

This article was first Published by Thai PBS

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