Gov­ern­ment of na­tional unity would not be prac­ti­cal: poll

The Nation - - THAILAND -

MOST peo­ple (about 71 per cent) think a “na­tional gov­ern­ment” might bring peace to the coun­try, but they dis­agree with it and don’t be­lieve it would be pos­si­ble for Pheu Thai, the Demo­crat Party and Phum Jai Thai to unite and form such a gov­ern­ment, ac­cord­ing to a Suan Dusit Poll re­leased yes­ter­day.

The best way to achieve na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, 82.9 per cent of the poll re­spon­dents said, was for the gov­ern­ment to lis­ten to the opin­ions of all par­ties.

Less than one-fifth, or 18.4 per cent, of re­spon­dents were con­fi­dent that the idea, floated last week by for­mer Demo­crat leader Pichai Rat­takul, was pos­si­ble. Some 33 per cent were not so sure that the three big­gest par­ties could band to­gether with the mil­i­tary to run the coun­try, the sur­vey found.

How­ever, 42.8 per cent did not agree with the idea of a na­tional gov­ern­ment while 30.8 per cent did. The re­main­ing 26.4 per cent of the peo­ple sur­veyed said they were not sure.

The poll was con­ducted by Suan Dusit Uni­ver­sity on 1,140 peo­ple from across the coun­try from Septem­ber 11-15 af­ter the idea of a na­tional gov­ern­ment – a so­lu­tion po­lit­i­cal elites turn to when the coun­try faces dead­lock – resur­faced again.

More than two-thirds, or 68.9 per cent, said a na­tional gov­ern­ment was not ap­pro­pri­ate for Thai pol­i­tics. And 63.2 per cent said an elec­tion should be held.

Some 54 per cent said it was un­cer­tain whether the idea could be re­alised and 50.8 per cent said a na­tional gov­ern­ment would be un­demo­cratic.

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