Somkid: Peace before reform

Former deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak has called on political opponents to urgently find a way to stop protest violence before attempting to devise and implement national reforms.

''If we want to see reform move forward, political violence and the situation in which state authorities cannot administer the country must be resolved. It must end quickly and effectively,'' he said in a keynote speech to a reform forum organised by the Isra Institute and the Thai Health Foundation.

The former deputy prime minister warned that the prolonged political crisis is gradually eroding economic growth, exports, consumption and investment, reflected in the latest data from the National Economic and Social Development Board.

The advisory board reported 0.6% economic growth in the fourth quarter of last year compared with 2.7% in the previous three months. International confidence in Thailand will also be damaged because other countries can see no sign of an end to the political deadlock, he added.

''The most important condition for reform is that the political impasse must be quickly resolved,'' he said.

He said a new person with strong leadership, vision and determination is needed to take the country forward and embark on reform, as opposed one who merely follows advice of bureaucrats.

''We don't need a leader who acts only as a subcommittee chairman. Until then reform cannot move forward. We must not fool ourselves,'' he added.

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Discussion 1 : 24/02/2014 at 08:53 PM
Not with Yingluck and her corrupt cronies running the show. There will have to be new elections and I hope this time the crooks will fail to be re-elected. I doubt PT will get much more than 25% of the normal electorate vote now.
Discussion 2 : 24/02/2014 at 08:36 PM
No, since the Shinawatra clan can never be trusted First reform, then talk...
Discussion 3 : 24/02/2014 at 08:31 PM
Again another suggestion to appoint an individual to lead. Until you let the people elect their leader and government there will be no peace. People must be allowed to select their government and then reforms can be implemented. Until political parties and special interest learn to co-exist be they minority or majority and work through the democratic process thing will not change. If you are in minority then you must accept that and work for the entire country rather than a special interest.
Discussion 4 : 24/02/2014 at 07:50 PM
Will be difficult, since the PTP has let the Dogs of War, and called for seperation of the country.
Discussion 5 : 24/02/2014 at 07:13 PM
Sound reasoning. Sad to say it will never be implemented.
Discussion 6 : 24/02/2014 at 07:07 PM
Elections must be completed and parliament implements reform when consultations from all stakeholders amicably . With respect of all people . You must learn to co - exist .. Peacefully and work together. Not exclude a polictical party by dubious short cut ways. Elections.

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