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Thai opposition urges gov't to keep campaign promises

(Xinhua)

09:07, August 24, 2011

BANGKOK, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- On Tuesday, the first day of the two-day policy statement announcement, the opposition parties demanded the Pheu Thai-led government keep its promises in the election campaigns.

After Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra finished her two-hour policy delivery, the leader of main opposition Democrat Party Abhisit Vejjajiva started debating the government policies.

He expressed his concern over 300-baht minimum wage for Thai labors across the country and 15,000-baht salary increase for newly graduated employee, urging the government to do exactly what it promised earlier.

Abhisit said the government should clarify conditions for policy implementation as the government seemed to have changed some details recently.

On the 300-baht minimum wage, for instance, he questioned whether it would be generally applied to all unskilled and skilled labors or only to those who have been equipped with particular skills as well as if the policy would be enacted immediately from Jan. 1, 2012.

Likewise, Chuwit Kamolvisit, the leader of opposition Rak Thailand Party also asked Yingluck government to do as it promised during the campaign tours.

The Pheu Thai-led government is scheduled to deliver policy statement to the joint-sitting of both the upper and lower Houses on Aug. 23-24. On the occasion, the senators and members of the House of Representatives will have the announced policies debated.

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