Pheu Thai seeks answers

The Pheu Thai Party on Saturday asked seven independent public agencies to answer seven questions about their neutrality, before they step in to propose ways to end the political impasse.

"The agencies need to answer these seven questions before they suggest a way out of the country’s political crisis," Pheu Thai deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard said at a news conference.

The seven organisations are the Election Commission, the Office of the Ombudsman, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), the State Audit Commission, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the National Economic and Social Advisory Council (Nesac), and the Office of Attorney General (OAG).

Mr Anusorn detailed Pheu Thai's seven questions to the watchdog agencies as follows:

1. Have they proved their neutrality or demonstrated it in their previous rulings on issues before they start to propose solutions that will be impartial to all sides of the political divide?

2. Do they believe that if all independent organisations work in a straightforward manner and in line with their constitutional authority, political problems will not arise and solving them through "special means" or outside the constitution will not be necessary?

3. Do they accept that previous rulings by certain agencies had crated suspicions which led to a crisis of faith among the public, and that this has served as a catalyst for conflicts in society?

4. How can they ensure that the proposed roadmap will not worsen the situation or leave the country in a political vacuum?

5. Has tulakarnphiwat (judicial activism) previously been used as a tool to terminate political parties?

6. Have the agencies had a predetermined goal in mind to target a political group in particular, and is such a goal in line with that of [Democrat Party-linked] BlueSky TV, of which they are diehard fans?

7. Why did they wait until the problem had dragged on to this point and what is the main reason for them for stepping in now?  Have the seven organisations been manipulated by anyone to get rid of the caretaker government or do they want to finish it before Songkran festival — a goal of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC)?

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is spending the weekend with her family in Chiang Mai, refused to comment on the agencies' attempt to broker talks between the government and the PDRC.


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