People's Council a 'shortcut to power'

The "People's Council" proposed by anti-government protest leaders is nothing but a move to seek political gain and a shortcut to obtain power, says Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit.

Most of the 100 "experts" that the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) expects to sit on the council would likely share its anti-government views, said Mr Prompong.

He was commenting after Suthep Thaugsuban, the PDRC secretary-general and former Democrat Party power broker, briefed business groups on the People's Council plan. The PDRC envisions an assembly with 300 members selected by various occupational groups to be their representatives, and another 100 experts to be appointed by the committee to work on political reform.

The PDRC envisions the reform process taking 15 to 18 months before an election could be held.

"Having such a composition means that the public would not truly be involved in making decisions. Hence the 'People's Council' would be no different from a totalitarian or communist regime," the Pheu Thai spokesman said.

He said Mr Suthep's proposal to postpone the general election was not possible because His Majesty the King had already approved the royal decree to dissolve the House of Representatives and set Feb 2 as the election date.

If the People's Council is set up, the polls could be deferred by eight to 14 months, he added.

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Discussion 1 : 14/12/2013 at 12:13 PM
You are only assuming that is what they want to do. They have not yet announced how they propose to fix the broken system. Maybe they will just banish political parties and make everyone a truly independent candidate. Maybe they will eradicate the current crop of politicians by not allowing anyone who has ever held a political position in the past to be eligible for another 10 years or there are many alternatives, that will be discussed/negotiated by the people. Who said they want to take voting power away from the NorthEast?
Discussion 2 : 14/12/2013 at 05:23 AM
An interim government for some time is exactly what Thailand needs. The question left is how to do it in accordance to the law. If the Pheu Thai is against it, it is against reform and wants to continue with corruption and abuse of power and abuse of the constitution. It is very obvious, that they do not want any reform. The PT regime rejected the constitution and charter court rulings and now they are hiding behind the constitution and riding on constitution laws. This attitude can't be taken seriously, it is insincere and unethical. The people know and that is why they protest.
Discussion 3 : 14/12/2013 at 04:15 AM
Vote buying is normal practise for the politicians in Thailand,it is par for the course,until people in Thailand look down on getting money for nothing things will never change.
Discussion 4 : 14/12/2013 at 03:39 AM
Democracy means competition, to give the voter a choice for the better concept. But instead of offering better policies for the voters in North East or South, instead of competing Suthep and friends just want to nullify the majority votes. What a shame that such undemoctratic proposals are tolerated and openly discussed in Thai public, even by parts of media, army and other "well educated" people. One thing we have to learn from the dark times of Hitler&Mussolini or Stalin, stop such dictators as early as possible, before they gain absolute power and cannot be removed anymore.
Discussion 5 : 14/12/2013 at 01:50 AM
I for one am 100% sure that there is no intention to make the PDRC permanent. Elections will be held as soon as reforms have taken place to make them more than the vote-buying mockery they were. I'm pretty sure most others know that too - but they are using it to scaremonger the gullible.
Discussion 6 : 14/12/2013 at 01:27 AM
And then we're going to have a new regime? Sounds like to me what ST wants is not have rural vote the majority sounds very tyrannical.
Discussion 7 : 14/12/2013 at 01:26 AM
You can say what you want about TS but he really did make other countries sit up and take notice, no one did that before him, his Chinese roots really did give this place a bit of 'get go' about it. If you can cast your minds back just a few years when the democrats were in power they did nothing for the working class except carry on Thaksin's policies (most notably free buses and free water for townhouses), all the democrats did was try to bring Thaksin to justice and failed.
Discussion 8 : 14/12/2013 at 01:22 AM
Riding the coat tails of the fugitive was Yingluck's short cut to power .Issan would vote for a lump of coal if Thaksin told them too.Thats kind of the point of the reform .
Discussion 9 : 14/12/2013 at 01:02 AM
I am not a Democrat fan, but the current government as well as the fugitive's regime got to go. 15 - 18 months before the election is acceptable. The regime left a lot of dirt so it takes time to clean up!
Discussion 10 : 14/12/2013 at 12:44 AM
Yea.. such people council may sound a little bit 'undemocratic' to many of us. However, given the number of years Thailand has been suffering from TS and the future years ahead, I am not complaining for a change at all. As TryAgain has just mentioned, the country is running by a convict, so someone has to do something about it without delay. We are not going back to TS regime again. No more TS regime. No no no.
Discussion 11 : 14/12/2013 at 12:17 AM
Even though the comment comes from the opposition, it's the obvious analysis by neutral observers also... If you know you can't win an election to power, try something else.
Discussion 12 : 13/12/2013 at 11:47 PM
Coming from another PTP convict currently fighting a jail sentence, I don't think his views should hold much weight. How can a supposedly honest political party have a convict as their spokesperson. Oh I forgot, the whole party is run by a convict, so it makes perfect sense. It's no wonder why so many people want to remove this plague from the political landscape.
Discussion 13 : 13/12/2013 at 10:42 PM
First of all the whole idea is against the constitution.
Discussion 14 : 13/12/2013 at 10:01 PM
An illegal short cut to power...
Discussion 15 : 13/12/2013 at 09:53 PM
Maybe Prompong should be meditating about his one year prison sentence in stead of distributing the propaganda of a fugitive…..

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