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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Bangkok News

No modifications on lese majeste in coalition MoU

The Move Forward Party (MFP) and its seven coalition allies have drafted a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that excludes any changes to the lese majeste law. However, the MoU does include the revision of the constitution, the termination of the monopoly on alcoholic beverage production, and the reclassification of cannabis as a narcotic.

A source from the MFP released a copy of the draft MoU on Monday, which the eight political parties intended to sign later that evening. The draft stated that a new constitution would be created by individuals who were directly elected as soon as possible. The eight parties would also pass a law legalizing same-sex marriage, but individuals who opposed it due to religious reasons would not be compelled to comply.

The parties aim to reform various sectors, including the bureaucracy, police, armed forces, and justice system. They plan to replace mandatory military conscription with voluntary recruitment. The parties will prioritize sustainable peace in southern border provinces, increase people’s income to address economic problems, decentralize budgetary control to local administrations, and improve the financial stability of small and medium-sized businesses. They also intend to eliminate monopolies in all industries, including alcoholic drinks, and restructure power tariffs to reduce the cost of living while promoting fair land ownership.

To achieve their goals, the parties will implement zero-based budgeting, introduce public welfare programs for all age groups, and take swift action against narcotics. They propose relisting cannabis as a narcotic and enacting laws to regulate its use. Additionally, they will support farmers in forming groups to safeguard their interests, encourage sustainable fisheries, protect workers’ rights, and enhance the education system.

The parties aim to address issues concerning ultra-fine dust and greenhouse gases, while also promoting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and maintaining a balanced stance with global powers.

To combat corruption, all government organizations would be required to disclose information, and any party members found guilty of corruption would be removed.

Expected to sign the MoU are eight parties, including MFP, Pheu Thai, Prachachart, Thai Sang Thai, Seri Ruam Thai, Fair, Plung Sungkom Mai, and Peu Thai Rumphlang.