Thailand: Opposition, protesters stay out of new reconciliation panel

  • A reconciliation committee formed by the Thai parliament speaker to resolve issues raised by anti-government protesters was packed with politicians from the ruling coalition and military-appointed senators.
  • The panel, which also comprised several academics, didn’t include any representatives from opposition parties and protest groups after they both rejected the proposal first mooted in 2020. The committee, which has currently 11 members, will hold its first meeting on 18 Jan 21, according to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai.
  • The doors of the panel may be open to the opposition and nominees of protest groups, Mr Chuan said. “The opposition can join at any time,” Mr Chuan said. “This is about brainstorming to reduce conflict in the country. They can join whenever they want.”

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