PAD disapprove of amnesty for banned politicians

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The People’s Alliance for Democracy yesterday opposed the charter rewrite designed to grant amnesty on political offences and blamed the government for going soft on rogue politicians.

The PAD is seen as hardening its stand on political cleansing. And it has become at odds with the government which pins its hope on bringing about the reconciliation through charter rewrite.

“It is totally unacceptable to rewrite the charter in order to grant amnesty for politicians convicted of electoral fraud,” PAD coleader Somsak Kosaisuk said.

Somsak said he could not condone the rewrite process in which politicians were involved in changing the rules for their own kind.

“The amendments to help eluding the electoral fraud should never be construed as part of political reforms,” he said.

PAD coleader Pipop Thongchai said he wanted to remind the public that political problems were often attributed politicians who refused to reform themselves.

The charter rewrite will achieve no headway if politicians remain willing to cross the line and commit fraud in order to grab or cling to power, he said.

PAD coleader Somkiart Pongpaiboon said he expected Parliament to increasingly mired by the political rift in the next few months as rival camps fight on issues related to charter rewrite and amnesty.

Somkiart urged all parties concerned to respect the law instead of trying to rewrite the rules.

The turmoil can reach a speedy conclusion if all sides, including the PAD, uphold the law, he said, adding that PAD figures like himself are willing to accept punishment if convicted of any wrongdoing relating to street protests by the yellow shirts.

PAD coleader Chamlong Srimuang said the turmoil persisted because the government appeared unwilling to enforce the law.

The PAD has scheduled to hold a political seminar on May 25 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, to solicit ideas about “new politics”.

The event will also mark the first anniversary of the 193day protests to bring down the governments under Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat.

The Nation

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