New coalition govt. pressing ahead with reconciliation

Yingluck Shinawatra Thailand's new Prime Minister

Incoming Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has announced that the new Pheu Thai-led government will feature five political parties with 299 MP seats and will press ahead with the national reconciliation mission as the very first priority.

Speaking in a press briefing with representatives from coalition partners after luncheon at SC Park Hotel in Bangkok, Ms Yingluck announced that the new government will include the Pheu Thai, Chart Thai Pattana, Chart Pattana Puea Pandin, Phalang Chon and Mahachon Parties.

Ms Yingluck elaborated that the first mission of the government is to spearhead the reconciliation plan as the government will instruct Political Violence Fact-Finding Panel chaired by Prof Dr Kanit Na Nakorn to continue the operation while a free panel will be appointed to assist the operation.

The Pheu Thai heavyweight pledged that her party will not interfere in the operation of the panels so they will be neutral and free. She added that no amnesty will be made for only one person as criticised as the free panel will consider this issue while the nation is under the rule of laws.

Other missions are solutions to living costs problem, restoration of damaged foreign relations, unity rehabilitation and anti-corruption plan; therefore, people can rest assured that operation of the government can be traced and transparent.

The new government will also arrange a grand celebration for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej upon his 84th birthday anniversary so Thai people can express their loyalty to the monarch.

Ms Yingluck stated that selection of cabinet members would depend on performance, but she noted that it was too soon for this issue at present. She also answered the media that the military would be responsible for national security while the government would take care of national administration.



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