Academic suggests guidelines on new PM selection

September 11th, 2008 - 2:23 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Mahidol University
Director of the Research Center for Peace Building of Mahidol University, Gothom Areeya (โคทม อารียา), says a new prime minister should listen to opinions of a majority of people in order to effectively defuse political tension at present.

The director says it is necessary for the new premier to open up his ears to people’s opinions as the sovereignty of the nation derives from the people. He says a survey shows that a majority of people still want the government to deal with the political problems in line with the parliamentary means.

Mr Gothom also suggests that the coalition parties should select the new PM according to opinions of the people rather that a political party which holds the most votes in the House of Representatives.

In response to a formation of National Government, Mr Gothom says it can be done in theory but it may be difficult to take place in reality since National Government will consist of members from both the People Power party and the Democrat party which have conflicts.

Mr Gothom also proposes the idea of a government consisting of politicians and suitable people selected by the society. He says this kind of government will improve the political situation and prevent a political vacuum.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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