Gen Chavalit calls for election to be held this year

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Former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh urged the National Council for Peace and Order to stage an election within this year in order to let the new elected government to tackle political, social and economic problems.

In his open letter addressed to the public, General Chavalit suggested the NCPO to adopt the middle path, to try to restore national reconciliation and to cede its power to a non-partisan committee represented by all sectors of the Thai society which will be tasked with staging the election.

The former chief advisor of the Pheu Thai party said that the duty of the military is to safeguard the country and to maintain security and, hence, the military junta should return to the barracks and hand over the power to the post-election government to deal with political, social and economic problems.

As for the charter draft and whether it will survive the referendum or not, General Chavalit noted that the fate of the charter draft would depend on the NCPO. He said the government must deliver a constitution which will not be torn to pieces in the future.

The former prime minister suggested that push carts named Chan-ocha should be produced, distributed to various cities and used to display Thai products to promote Thailand and Thai products.

He also suggested that fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra helps find new market for Thai rice.

In making the above suggestions, General Chavalit defended that he just wanted to help the country go through all the crises with the hope that democracy will be restoed.