Thai ex-finance minister harshly attacks government (see full letter)

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Pridiyathorn Devakula

Thailand’s ex-finance minister, ex-foreign minister and former head of the Bank of Thailand, Pridiyathorn Devakula, in an open letter issued on February 6 to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is vigorously criticising her cabinet and calling on her to step down because her “failed government” was incapable of running the country.

Devakula, a highly regarded economist with royal ancestry, who held his political positions during the military interim regime in 2006 and 2007, said that the government had failed to accomplish many important tasks, citing the rice pledging scheme and a nationwide solar panel project as examples for the government’s “inability to manage simple projects and policies.”

According to Devakula, a large group of people and business organisations lack faith, trust and confidence in the current government. The country’s governance would remain unclear, the protest would likely intensify, and there would be more damage to the economy and tourism should the “failed government” continue in its caretaker capacity, he said.

“This crisis of confidence, which you and your government are facing, stems from your failure to run the country properly. It is because you have ignored the country’s problems for too long. You have neglected tackling corruption. You do not try to prevent cases of graft that have already occurred from recurring,” he wrote in the letter.

Thailand could not be run or move forward under a failed government, he said. To ease the situation, he urged the government to resign from its caretaker role, adding that the constitution provides a way for the appointment of outsiders to run the country on an interim basis. He said the interim government would comprise “neutral people” who were well recognised by the public. The new administration would be capable of bringing in representatives from different sectors to cooperate on how to effectively reform the country.

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Pridiyathorn Devakula

Thailand’s ex-finance minister, ex-foreign minister and former head of the Bank of Thailand, Pridiyathorn Devakula, in an open letter issued on February 6 to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is vigorously criticising her cabinet and calling on her to step down because her “failed government” was incapable of running the country.

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Pridiyathorn Devakula

Thailand’s ex-finance minister, ex-foreign minister and former head of the Bank of Thailand, Pridiyathorn Devakula, in an open letter issued on February 6 to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is vigorously criticising her cabinet and calling on her to step down because her “failed government” was incapable of running the country.

Devakula, a highly regarded economist with royal ancestry, who held his political positions during the military interim regime in 2006 and 2007, said that the government had failed to accomplish many important tasks, citing the rice pledging scheme and a nationwide solar panel project as examples for the government’s “inability to manage simple projects and policies.”

According to Devakula, a large group of people and business organisations lack faith, trust and confidence in the current government. The country’s governance would remain unclear, the protest would likely intensify, and there would be more damage to the economy and tourism should the “failed government” continue in its caretaker capacity, he said.

“This crisis of confidence, which you and your government are facing, stems from your failure to run the country properly. It is because you have ignored the country’s problems for too long. You have neglected tackling corruption. You do not try to prevent cases of graft that have already occurred from recurring,” he wrote in the letter.

Thailand could not be run or move forward under a failed government, he said. To ease the situation, he urged the government to resign from its caretaker role, adding that the constitution provides a way for the appointment of outsiders to run the country on an interim basis. He said the interim government would comprise “neutral people” who were well recognised by the public. The new administration would be capable of bringing in representatives from different sectors to cooperate on how to effectively reform the country.

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