TV debate: Is charter vital or illegitimate?
August 4, 2007
Proponents and opponents of the junta-sponsored draft constitution debated half a dozen issues on television yesterday.
Advocates chose to play the politics-of-fear card while detractors called on voters “to do what is right”.
The draft-backers invoked politics of fear at the end of the debate when two key drafters and one leading member of the junta-appointed Constitution Drafting Assembly were given an opportunity to summarise their points.
“This [draft] constitution is most vital for a concrete return of people’s power,” said Charan Phakdithanakul, vice chairman of the drafting committee. “The benefits of accepting this draft are its helping to end junta [rule] immediately. The Council for National Security will cease to exist.”
And you can find fully translated version of this debate here: