PDRC: Reform before elections

The People's Democratic Reform Committee is insisting that an agreement on how to reform the country must be reached before the scheduled election on Feb 2, or the polls must be postponed.

PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban announced his group's firm stand at a press conference on Friday morning.

Mr Suthep repeated his explanation of why the PDRC is calling for reform, citing the government's attempts to amend the constitution and introduce a blanket amnesty law to whitewash those involved in criminal offences connected to political violence since the Sept 19, 2006 coup. 

These factors had deprived the government of the legitimacy to continue to run the country's administration, he said, arguing that the country is now without a House of Representatives, and without a government for all intents and purposes.

Mr Suthep said the prime minister must accept the fact that she had lost political legitimacy. The  prime minister and her cabinet must resign from their caretaker posts to create a political vacuum that would enable further proceedings to establish a people's council under the constitution, he said.

He argued that the public must reclaim power from the government and take steps to set up a people's council, which could then amend the law to guarantee clean and fair elections and effective prevention and suppression of corruption.

He said the elections must be postponed if a settlement on reform cannot be reached before Feb 2.

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Discussion 1 : 13/12/2013 at 07:47 PM
No? He was an elected MP and Deputy Prime Minister.
Discussion 2 : 13/12/2013 at 03:41 PM
The new unelectected, superme, ruler (of the minority of the population) has spoken. Failure to obey will result in ... more of what we have been seeing. Hail to the great eader and be sure to do as your told ... OR ELSE!
Discussion 3 : 13/12/2013 at 03:36 PM
I'm sorry, but who is this guy? 100-150,000 thousand marchers, many of whom may not fully agree with his authoritarian demands, in a nation of over 60m, gives him no authority to demand anything.
Discussion 4 : 13/12/2013 at 03:22 PM
Mr Suthep must accept the fact that he has never had political legitimacy!
Discussion 5 : 13/12/2013 at 03:05 PM
Election on Feb 2nd, or coup.....Nothing in between....."Reform" is code for "let is configure things in such a way that we win elections...Then "Political Reform" will be deemed to have been achieved.
Discussion 6 : 13/12/2013 at 02:56 PM
Suthep, you are not elected and you are not sitting legitimately elected, so therefore your demands are not accept.
Discussion 7 : 13/12/2013 at 02:46 PM
Some people did not like the amnesty bill but it was legal legislation. Attempting to allow the people to vote for their represenatives is hardly illegal. Attemptiing to overthrow and elected government by unconstitutional means and now attempting to take the voters right to choose. Elect a new government and have reforms is the only way and much easier than installing a dictatorship that will reform the entire system to their benefit.
Discussion 8 : 13/12/2013 at 02:22 PM
you cannot change the rule each time you lose. Now you even want to denounce democracy for good. You complain about the tyranny of the majority but decide to stack all 300 anti Thaksin to be in the people council . so that is your reform?
Discussion 9 : 13/12/2013 at 02:06 PM
I dont really like what Suthep is all about, but this is a fair call. How can elections be free and fair if MPs lives are threatened if they try and campaign in their opponents provinces?

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