No lèse majesté amendment in final coalition MoU
The Move Forward Party and its coalition partners will publish their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this afternoon (Monday), which details the policies to be implemented under a Pita-led government.
According to Thairath website, the draft of the MoU does not include Move Forward’s pledge to amend the lèse majesté laws.
Some of the coalition parties, including Pheu Thai and Thai Sang Thai, have distanced themselves from the matter. They said that, although they are joining the coalition government with Move Forward at the core, they maintain their position on not supporting amendment of the lèse majesté law.
The other coalition parties are Prachachat, Pue Thai Rumphlang, Seri Ruam Thai, Plung Sungkom Mai and Fair.
According to Thairath website, the policies mentioned in the MoU include systematic land reform, issuance of amnesty laws (except for offences involving corruption and causing death).
They would support amendment of the Constitution, the return of justice to those affected by the coup, decentralisation, military reform, liquor industry reforms, cancellation of military conscription, legalisation of same sex marriage, resolving the increasing cost of living, the use of Zero Based Budgeting, increases in child and elderly welfare, as well as the building of transparent government.
Today has been selected for the publication of the MOU because it is an anniversary of the day on which incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha staged the coup in 2014.
The press conference will be at 4.30pm, the time at which Prayut implemented the coup.