Monday, December 1, 2008

Sulak: Premier should seek royal advice

Sulak Sivaraksa, one of Thailand's best-known senior social critics, has suggested that Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat should seek a private audience with His Majesty the King to ask for a solution to the current political crisis.

Sulak, speaking on Thai PBS television on Saturday night, said he was confident that the King would be neutral and would offer the most appropriate way out of the ongoing political chaos.

Privately, Sulak said he would like the premier to step down, paving the way for the formation of a national, nonpartisan government under the leadership of a "respected outsider." That would require an amendment to the constitution which requires the premier to be an elected MP.

Sulak said every player involved in the political drama should "look at the long-term picture" rather than their short-term interests.

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