Pheu Thai says military's unity plan flawed

Past problems 'will be repeated', leader says

Pheu Thai's Chaturon Chaisang, arrested twice for his outspoken opposition to the 2014 coup, says reconciliation has no chance unless military thinking is reformed. (Bangkok Post file photo)

Pheu Thai Party heavyweight Chaturon Chaisang has criticised the government's draft "social contract" for national-unity building for failing to touch on the role of the military which is seen as a crucial factor for reconciliation.

Mr Chaturon said: "There has been no discussion about the role of military and government's mechanism which did not support elected governments. It created the conditions for a conflict in order to make them look like a white knight.

"The issue has never been mentioned in the reconciliation process. Therefore, there is no guarantee the past problems would not be repeated," said the former education minister who was ousted after the military coup on May 22, 2014.

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