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Thai PM announces gov't urgent, long-term policies


17:14, August 23, 2011

BANGKOK, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday outlined her government's policies to the joint-sitting of the senators and the members of House of Representatives.

The parliament meeting started from 9:15 a.m. with 484 MPs and 147 senators attended.

Yingluck said the Pheu Thai-led government will implement the following eight policies:

-- The urgent policies

-- The policy on national security

-- The economic policy

-- The policy on social and quality of life

-- The policy on natural resources and environment

-- The policy on science and technology, research and innovation

-- The policy on foreign affairs and international economics

-- The policy on good governance.

The 44-pages policies are divided into the urgent and long-term polices, which are needed to be implemented in the first year in office and in four-year term, respectively.

Those 16 urgent policies include the policies to create political reconciliation, to fight against drug trafficking, to reduce corporate tax rates and to provide soft loans to the poor.

Before the policy delivery started, approximately 200 red- shirts or the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) members gathered in front of the Parliament compound to show support for the prime minister and her government.

Coming also was the anti-government multi-color group who submitted an open letter to the House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont expressing their opposition to some of the government's policies including the move to amend the 2007 Constitution.

The House Speaker announced also that the government coalition and opposition parties had 11 hours each while the senators were allocated 7 hours 40 minutes to scrutinize the government policies.

The joint-sitting will be carried out for two days or August 23- 24. About 450 police officers have been deployed to secure order around the Parliament compound and prevent confrontation between different political groups.


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