Thai coalition parties join force to push forward amnesty bill

19:37, September 21, 2010      

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The main coalition Bhumjaithai Party has expressed its determination to push forward the newly amended amnesty bill, and to present the list of names of people in favor of the bill to the Cabinet, local media reported Tuesday.

According to Bhumjaithai Party spokesperson Supachai Jaisamut, the party has planned to gather 50,000 signatures of people to support the newly amended amnesty bill.

Meanwhile, spokesman of Chartthai Pattana Party (CPT) Watchara Kannika said on Tuesday that the key members of his party will meet Tuesday afternoon to decide whether or not to support the draft bill to grant amnesty to political protesters.

"Our party has a stance that it will support any law or other tools that can help reduce social conflict, without caring about the law would be proposed by which party", Bangkok Post quoted Watchara as saying.

Included in the amended bill are details pertaining to who will, and who won't, be eligible for the amnesty. Ineligible for the amnesty include those who have committed serious offences of Lse majest, causing harm and danger to the public, conducting acts of terrorism, and sabotage.

Once completed, the name list, together with the bill, will be submitted to the Cabinet; as required by law, according to spokesman of Bhumjaithai Party.

Source: Xinhua


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