Academic: Conflict will continue

The dissolution of the House of Representatives will not end the political conflict, according to Council of University Presidents of Thailand (CUPT ) vice president Chalermchai Boonyaleepun.

"After the general election (on Feb 2), no matter which political party wins it will form a new government and will later use the 'majority vote' as an excuse to run the country the way it wants, and its opponents will start to fight back," Mr Chalermchai said on Tuesday.

"The political situation will be back to square one because elections do not tell us about the goodness or the legitimacy of a party. We should discuss this problem first," Mr Chalermchai said.

He said the government should give an prior indication before dissolving the House. 

"It is now more difficult for the government and its opponents to hold talks if both sides don't move back a step. 

"The government cannot not run the country easily because it's a caretaker cabinet. If the protesters succeed in ousting the government, they would likely face another group of people who support the government," the academic said.

He said minority votes in the House should also be taken into consideration.

"If one out of three voted against an important bill, lawmakers might be given the right to object it so a referendum could be held. This would mean MPs on the majority side could lose to the people," he said.

The controversial amnesty bill and its connection with corruption should not be resurrected by any side following the general election, he added.

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Discussion 1 : 11/12/2013 at 07:24 AM
It seems Thai politicians are full of personal hatred, and bent on revenge than anything else. No sportsmanship nor gallantry.
Discussion 2 : 10/12/2013 at 09:26 PM
Nothing is possible and nothing is impossible in Thailand. What a amazing country? Everybody has their own common sense but there is no public common sense, especially politicians. What a ridiculous common sense it is.
Discussion 3 : 10/12/2013 at 08:31 PM
Sorry to burst your red bubble but PTP did not get a majority of votes at the last election.
Discussion 4 : 10/12/2013 at 06:58 PM
I think Jesus Christ must be returning real soon!
Discussion 5 : 10/12/2013 at 06:57 PM
In spite of over 80 years of Democracy Thailand still it not ready for true democracy they should have just stayed with an absolute Monarchy but at this point it's too late to go back.
Discussion 6 : 10/12/2013 at 06:36 PM
Indeed I don't understand the childish behaviour of the Thai political parties. Grow up!! Today is Mandela's Day. Try to learn from his experience and adjusted attitude. He said: "IF YOU WANT TO MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR ENEMY, YOU HAVE TO WORK WITH YOUR ENEMY. THEN HE BECOMES YOUR PARTNER". Thailand has been fighting in two parties since 2006. Their are no winners, only losers in such a fight. Go for a win-win solution and work for a better Thailand, unified and with less corruption. And corruption is in society, in both parties and should be stopped, because the credibility of the Thai and the Tai economy are going down the drain. Chokdee!
Discussion 7 : 10/12/2013 at 06:34 PM
Contrarian explains it so well, so nothing I can usefully add except to say that were this all said by a bloke down the pub, you'd laugh it off, but in Mr Chalermchai's professional position he would locally be considered something of an academic deity. Worrying. Then, what's not to worry about right now?
Discussion 8 : 10/12/2013 at 06:28 PM
Aside from the VAT whihc is equally apportioned across the board to everyone less than 10% of all Thais pay any tax at all. Do you actually think all these street vendors, tuk tuk drivers and the like actually pay any taxes. There are so many deductions and loopholes that most people, even if they have a declared income, walk away scott free. So lets quit bemonaing the plight of the poor taxpayer. And corruption is an acceptable way of life as long as the people benefit, so say the polls. The Thai mindset is not ready for a democratic society, case closed!
Discussion 9 : 10/12/2013 at 05:58 PM
Thailand is simply not ready for democracy because simple laws can't be follow.
Discussion 10 : 10/12/2013 at 05:50 PM
So if the taxpayers are sick of seeing their money going to government corruption, let's abolish taxes. That will reduce complaints from many of us. Otherwise, look for a viable way of reducing said corruption. Strict laws with punishment which are ENFORCED for any who break them might be a start!
Discussion 11 : 10/12/2013 at 05:42 PM
Create a heatthy atmosphere for majority rule competition between political parties rather than a desire for dictorial dominance irreguardless of the peoples will. Empower law enforcement with strict laws and clean out the justice system making it equal for all. Get rid of the political mouse traps set to ensure inequality.
Discussion 12 : 10/12/2013 at 05:36 PM
"" 'majority vote' as an excuse to run the country"...An excuse?...the media keep trotting out these PADocrat so-called academics....Imagine that, a majority vote runs the country...Now that is profound....Would he prefer USA type gridlock?....The unelectables keep trying to characterize a majority elected Govt. enacting its' mandate as somehow being distatorial...Utter anti-democracy nonsense...A majority Govt. worth its salts will enact legislation being mindful of electoral realities in the future..That is their 'checks and balance'....Self-serving anti-electoral losers spin it otherwise.
Discussion 13 : 10/12/2013 at 05:27 PM
What a ridiculous set of proposals. If 30% vote against a bill, why should it go to a referendum? This is lacking in knowledge of how any parliamentary system can work. And, any system or institution will only work as long as people respect it - something currently lacking. Still I do think though that Thailand needs a reform of the voting system, giving more emphasis to proportional representation and the role of minor parties.
Discussion 14 : 10/12/2013 at 05:16 PM
I'm convinced that the Dems will boycott the election if Yingluck insists on maintaining the status quo.

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