Political reform forum begins without Opposition Party and anti-govt PAD


BANGKOK, 25 August 2013 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has joined in a political reform forum, where prominent political figures have been invited to attend. Representatives of the Opposition Democrat Party and other anti-government groups, however, have declined to participate in the forum. 

Held at Government House on Sunday, the political reform forum was attended by the PM, ministers, former premiers such as Gen.Chawalit Yongchaiyudh, political party leaders such as ex-Democrat leader Pichai Rattakul, and representatives of various networks. Representatives of the private sector who were invited to join in the discussion today included Federation of the Thai Industries Chairman Payungsak Chartsuthipol and National Farmers’ Council Chairman Praphat Panyachartrat.

The prime minister said it was a pity that representatives of some important groups such as the Opposition and the anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) turned down the invitation to join the forum. She reiterated that the government was sincere about the political reform forum aimed at finding solutions to the country’s political deadlock.