Yingluck 'failed to address issues'

Yingluck 'failed to address issues'

Former Democrat MP Warong Dechgitvigrom has expressed his dissatisfaction with former premier Yingluck Shinawatra's defence of her government's rice-pledging scheme before the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) yesterday.

Yingluck has been accused of dereliction of duty for allowing corruption and causing billions of baht in losses.

He said the former PM failed to explain herself on the allegation and deviated from the main reasons for the impeachment hearing.

Warong, a key figure grilling Yingluck in a censure debate over the rice-pledging, said Yingluck was trying to draw attention to an old story about assisting farmers to have better living conditions.

"No one denies that farmers need immediate assistance. The problem is the mismanagement of the rice-pledging scheme, which caused severe losses to the farmers," Warong said.

He rebutted the former PM's statement that the impeachment could be considered a great challenge to the country's reconciliation and reform process.

Warong said the reform process and the impeachment proceedings should not be confused. "By citing the reconciliation and reform process in her conclusions, the former PM seems to ignore her own responsibility", Warong said.

"If the members of the NLA would like to perform their role in putting the country back on the right track, the impeachment of a wrongdoer would show the supremacy of the law", Warong stated.

However, the former premier's legal team was satisfied with Yingluck's clarification to the NLA. Pichit Chuenban, chief adviser to the Pheu thai legal team, said that Yinluck had addressed all the key points.

He said her legal team was more concerned about pressure on the NLA to impeach the former premier. He did not say whether the former premier would attend the NLA hearing next Friday.

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