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Trust the junta not to hog power, says Prayut

Posted by pakin On March - 12 - 2015

WIssanu InsIsts substantIal changes can stIll be made to the new charter

PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday asked for public trust in his government and reiterated that members of the junta would not stay in power after the new constitution comes into effect.

The junta and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday acknowledged the first draft of the new constitution completed by the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC).

He urged the public to trust the “driver of the Thailand car.”

“We have replaced the brakes and other spare parts,” he said.

Prayut was speaking at the Army Club on the sidelines of yesterday’s meeting of the five post-coup bodies – the NCPO, the Cabinet, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the National Reform Council (NRC) and the CDC.

‘Gear up for next elections’

He said yesterday’s meeting was aimed at reporting the progress of the five bodies in their efforts to solve the country’s problems.

He urged the relevant agencies to gear up for the next general election after the new constitution comes into effect.

He called on all parties not to cause conflicts for the country and said that his government was working on ensuring social justice.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said changes can still be made to the new constitution.

The National Reform Council (NRC) will next month deliberate the final draft before referring it to the government.

“More changes can still be made at that time, even on the major principles of the constitution,” he said.

Wissanu, a legal expert, said any of the five junta-appointed agencies could even make substantial changes to the draft charter, such as deleting or adding entire sections.

Wissanu, who also attended the meeting, was responding to concerns that members of the junta might attempt to stay in power after the new constitution comes into effect.

The meeting was attended by key leaders of the five bodies, including Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, NLA President Phornpetch Wichitcholchai, NRC President Thienchay Kiranandana, and CDC Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno.

It was the third meeting of the five organisations, which came into existence following the coup last May.

Security was tight at the meeting, with a joint force of police and soldiers guarding the area around Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road.

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