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Junta offers three-step route to democracy

The Nation/ANN | Friday, May 30, 2014

NCPO chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha last week instructed the Army to establish reconciliation centres across the country to resolve differences between colour-coded political factions.

THAILAND - The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday declared a roadmap to propel the country towards democracy in three stages.

NCPO spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvari said the NCPO called a video-conference with government officials at central and provincial levels to issue them policies.

He said they were informed about the roadmap, which would be implemented in three stages.

In the first stage, the country will be run under special law.

The second stage is the preparation period for a new charter, a reform council and a legislative council.

The third stage will see the country geared towards full democracy with an election.

The officials were informed that every sector would be allowed to participate in managing budgets in accordance with priorities, urgency and equality principles, especially projects that address public grievances.

They were instructed not to create debts beyond legal limits.

Winthai said the NCPO would monitor the media to prevent public misunderstanding after it suspected that some media outlets might have been politically motivated in reporting that the NCPO had not released all United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).

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