Armed forces back Feb 2 election

The Royal Thai Armed Forces support the nationwide general elections scheduled for Feb 2, permanent secretary for defence Nipat Thonglek said on Sunday, Thai Rath online reported.

Gen Nipat confirmed the armed forces’ stance to support the fresh election at the government-sponsored reform forum on “Which Way Thailand Would Go”, being held at Queen Sirikit Convention Centre.

The forum, hosted by permanent secretary for the PM’s Office Thongthong Chantharangsu, was attended by representatives from the military, academia and political groups, including the red-shirt United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).

The Democrat Party and the anti-government protesters led by Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary general of The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), refused to join the forum, citing that it was just an event to create a good image for the government.

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Discussion 1 : 15/12/2013 at 09:52 PM
Steering into the abyss??? I think PT/UDD have done a great job at that during the last 2 years…What about making some 3 TRILLION disappear in their pockets????
Discussion 2 : 15/12/2013 at 09:50 PM
Your definition of insanity better sticks to the redshirts….believe me!
Discussion 3 : 15/12/2013 at 07:47 PM
It is nothing, but a farce!
Discussion 4 : 15/12/2013 at 07:31 PM
First good meaasge during these weeks.... changing the system takes years as we've seen during the past, neither the government appointed by the military, nor DP was able to change it within 2 years.... how can that work out in 12-18 months or even in 6 weeks now?
Discussion 5 : 15/12/2013 at 06:47 PM
I have faith in Thai people. I have great love for Thai people. I am just an observer, as the King said "Thailand is for Thais", and I understand His wisdom. I am just a respectful observer. We are watching a culture evolve, struggling to realize their greatness and balancing powerful opposing forces. Just as the Great King drove invaders from Ayuttheya, just as another Great King maintained this country's sovreignety when the world went mad with war, I think we will see something surprising and inspiring come from all this. The people here have some wonderful examples from their history to focus their thought and find the Middle Way.
Discussion 6 : 15/12/2013 at 06:09 PM
Don't blame others for not giving him a chance. .
Discussion 7 : 15/12/2013 at 05:02 PM
Establish "Law and order," before having an election. Why keep doing the same thing over and over again?
Discussion 8 : 15/12/2013 at 04:11 PM
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einstein Will the Democrats be putting forward Abhisit and Suthep for election yet again? I think they can do better.
Discussion 9 : 15/12/2013 at 03:50 PM
Democrat Party must change the chief and declare credible policy.
Discussion 10 : 15/12/2013 at 03:47 PM
Thailand hope will be gone if we have People's council.
Discussion 11 : 15/12/2013 at 03:26 PM
That should be "Your only hope is now gone Thailand" :p
Discussion 12 : 15/12/2013 at 03:25 PM
Agree, and the govt should have attended the 'other' forum in the spirit of reconciliation and progress.
Discussion 13 : 15/12/2013 at 03:14 PM
Your only hope is now gone Suthep!
Discussion 14 : 15/12/2013 at 03:01 PM
It is time for someone new to come to the forefront. The democrat party is no longer a functioning political party. A real shame for Thailand's oldest party!
Discussion 15 : 15/12/2013 at 02:54 PM
Some of the reform is to hear different opinion , start a program to win the heart of the poor, in the north and north eastern province, continue to help breach the gap of poor and middle class in sharing the same goal, but first change DEM leadership that help steer this party into abyss .otherwise another party is needed in Thailand to help compete with PT if DEM is being irrelevant.
Discussion 16 : 15/12/2013 at 02:50 PM
After the general election, and after larges consultations in both sides, I think that it would be good to ask to the political parties which want to modify the constitution (mostly DP and PTP) the exact and precise text of their project. After that, the voters will be able to make an clear choice of the type of society where they want to live, by voting one more time.
Discussion 17 : 15/12/2013 at 02:17 PM
Unless acting of fool, everyone can easily see through the hidden agenda of the "reform" and the "people's council" of the DEM and Suthep. The military top brasses understand very well that the world is moving forward, and people have developed and changed rapidly. Therefore, it is meaningless to back a national reform demanded by a political party and corrupt politicians, because they could not even reform their own party. I believe some of the elites, who used to back the DEM, will definitely decide to move beyond the DEM and Suthep.
Discussion 18 : 15/12/2013 at 02:05 PM
The Democrat Party should have attended the reform forum to get its opinions expressed. By not attending they're showing that they are not interested in dialog, but prefer to pout, complain, and propose absolutely nothing.

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