Ex-Chula president Thienchay Kiranandana elected National Reform Council chairman

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BANGKOK, Oct 21 — Thailand’s National Reform Council (NRC) met for the first time today, unanimously electing Dr Thienchay Kiranandana as their chairman. 

The former Chulalongkorn University rector vowed to have the council achieve national reform as planned to meet the people’s expectation.

The 250-member council began its first session at about 9.30am today.

Reform Councillor Chai Chidchob nominated Dr Thienchai as a candidate and another councillor proposed Alongkorn Ponlaboot.

Mr Alongkorn later withdrew his nomination and Dr Thienchai elected unopposed.

Dr Thienchai said the reform council had two main areas of work: constitution drafting and national reform.

He said the National Reform Council would adhere to honesty, transparency and answerability to the public and finish its tasks as scheduled.

He said reform objectives include the reduction of inequality and cooperation between the government and the private sector.

He also promised that the reform council would listen to all concerned parties and the general public.

Dr Borwornsak Uwanno was later elected first deputy chairman of NRC while Tassana Boonthong was elected second deputy chairperson.