NLA President: Outsider PM necessary in times of crisis

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BANGKOK, 17 March 2015 – The president of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) says an outsider prime minister will be necessary when the country reaches the point where it cannot move forward due to political unrest.

In reference to the overview of the draft charter, NLA president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said the lawmakers have already received a report on the progress of the draft from the charter rewrite committee, adding that one of the issues that will have to be thoroughly studied is the Germany’s electoral system, which Thailand plans to adopt. According to him, all suggestions and thoughts regarding the matter will be gathered, and concerns will be raised as to how the system will work in Thailand.

Speaking about one of the provisions in the new charter which allows an outsider to administer the country, the president said the move will be crucial in circumstances where political unrest poses serious threats to national security and hinders growth. However, there must be an organization that can make such a call, deciding when the country reaches a dead end, which calls for an outsider premier to step in.

Lastly, he said he has been in close contact with chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) Borwornsak Uwanno to ensure that ancillary laws are being written in accordance with the permanent charter.