The amendment of Section 112 of the Criminal Code is not included in Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) created by the eight-party coalition led by the Move Forward Party (MFP), said MFP committee member Amarat Chokepamitkul yesterday during a live show on GMM25 Thailand channel.
The MOU will serve as a framework for the coalition parties to coexist and work together.
Amarat revealed that the MOU of the 8 coalition parties who aim to form the government will not include Article 112, despite it being one of the backbone policies of the MFP. She added that deliberations on this issue will take place in parliament.
According to Amarat, the MOU has been drafted after categorizing issues into three types. Those where there is agreement, or minor disagreements that can be addressed by a working group, are included; issues where there is disagreement will not be included in the MOU.
Chonlanan Srikaew, leader of the Pheu Thai party, stated that a draft MOU proposed by the MFP is currently being worked on collaboratively, with the main coalition party taking the lead in making revisions.
The Pheu Thai leader emphasized that the inclusion of Article 112 in the MOU would have to be based on conditions acceptable to all parties. The draft MOU from the MFP does not at all mention this issue, which is not central to the MOU.
He said some disagreements exist and need to be discussed, adding that the MFP is open to ideas and amendments, according to a report by Channel 3 News.
Whether the parties can reach an agreement or not, Chonlanan said that discussions need to take place and that the main coalition party has provided an opportunity for opinions and amendments.
Chonlanan added that the coalition leader only presented a draft for consideration but has not insisted on specific conditions.