In order to achieve national reconciliation and end the political stalemate with the Red-Shirts, Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has offered to hold a general election on November 14.
Abhisit said for the first time that a general election would be held on November 14, but only if five objectives underpinning a national conciliation were achieved.
The five objectives are: The monarchy must not be used as a tool in political conflicts; the country must be reformed by tackling economic disparities and inequality; the media must refrain from reports which exacerbate social or political conflicts; an independent fact-finding panel must be appointed to review fatal incidents involving security forces and protesters; and the reconciliation process must be carried out with the cooperation of all sides.
Meanwhile, academics and coalition partners have backed Prime Minister Abhisit’s reconciliation plan, The Bangkok Post reports.
The Deputy Dean at Thammasat University, Harirak Sutabutr, said he agrees with the national reconciliation road map to end the political stalemate.