Thai Parliament considering planning to form reconciliation committee to resolve ongoing political conflict

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Bangkok –

The Thai Parliament is considering establishing a reconciliation committee to resolve the ongoing political conflict after a two-day special parliamentary session wrapped up yesterday, October 27, in the evening.

The proposal of a reconciliation committee was introduced during the special parliamentary session by Jurin Laksanawisit, the leader of the Thai Democrat Party.

According to the Democrat leader, the members of the reconciliation committee will consist of 7 parties, including government representatives, MPs, opposition representatives, senators, those who are involved in pro-democracy protests such as prominent protest leaders, those who disagree with the protests, and political experts.

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House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said that both government and opposition representatives, as well as senators, are initially expected to jointly study the Democrat Party’s proposal.

They will also be considering whether to wait for a charter amendment bill proposed by the non-profit organization iLaw last September, which had initial widespread support from pro-democracy protesters. If not, the parliament would instead consider the six drafts of the bills proposed by regular political parties during its regular sessions on November 1.

If the representatives agree to wait for the iLaw’s charter amendment, they will have to wait until the names of the signatories to the iLaw-proposed bill are verified which will be completed by November 12, the House Speaker said.

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In late September, the human rights NGO iLaw had handed in a full list of more than 70,000 names for a constitutional amendment and a re-drafted constitutional amendment to dismantle the power of the previous National Council for Peace and Order, to elect new members of a constituent assembly from an official election, and to craft a new charter under the voice of the people.

Instead of voting for the constitutional change, the parliament had decided to set up a special committee to study iLaw’s draft constitutional amendments and had delayed the vote.

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Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O’Cha also said that he agreed with the proposal to form a reconciliation committee with demonstrators as long as it potentially helps seek political solutions in the Kingdom.

In response to demonstrators’ demand for his resignation, the Prime Minister made a vow during the special meeting that he will not resign as the country is in a crisis and his duty as a Prime Minister has not yet been wholly completed.

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