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Abhisit ready for meeting on reform

Posted by Rattana_S On August - 30 - 2013

The opposition Democrat Party is ready to hold talks with the prime minister’s representative on political reform, party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday.

“I’m ready to talk with Banharn [Silpa-archa] if he contacts me. I will tell him the root cause of the problems which, in fact, have come from the government itself. And the government has to end the conflicts,” Abhisit said.

Former PM and chief adviser of Chart Thai Pattana Party Banharn Silpa-archa was assigned by Yingluck Shinnawatra on Sunday to be responsible for the national reform council. He will now serve as the coordinator of the national reform initiative, responsible for pushing for the creation of a roadmap for politics, economy and society.

Banharn earlier said he will be meeting leaders of the opposition Democrat Party, yellow-shirt co-leader Sondhi Limthongkul as well as senior public figures such as Prawase Wasi to brief them on the reform roadmap when he returns from a trip to China on September 6.

However, Abhisit said the government lacks sincerity in tackling reform because it has allowed corruption and divisions to take place in society. Moreover, it has failed to listen to the opinions of civic groups but instead opted to listen to old politicians.

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