Gen Chavalit believes the new draft charter will sail through referendum

Former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh said he has trust in Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Ruchupan and believes the new draft constitution will sail through the national referendum and will not lead to political conflicts.

The veteran politician confirmed that he would not return to politics because he is already too old. He thanked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and offered him an advice: “be calm and not to be too temperamental or his blood pressure will rise.”

In light of the current economic slowdown and the widening gap between the minority rich and the majority poor and reduced competitiveness, General Chavalit pleaded with all stakeholders to bury the hatchet and to join forces to resolve the country’s problems.

He said he wished the government to focus more on addressing poverty problem through various government policies than on the new constitution. Personally, he said he preferred the new charter to be concise and to contain only the core principles to promote democracy and to tackle poverty problem.

The former prime minister also wished General Prayut and Mr Meechai success in their attempt to build democratic system in order to prevent military takeovers.

He, however, declined to comment on the rice pledging scheme and the planned civil litigation against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.