Thai PM rejects resignation call

Thai PM rejects resignation call

Thai PM rejects resignation call

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

10 Dec, 2013 | 3:38 pm

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has rejected protesters’ demands that she resign before February’s snap elections.

Demonstrators have been calling for Yingluck Shinawatra to resign and be replaced with a “people’s prime minister”.

Ms Yingluck won the last polls in 2011, but protesters say ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra remains in charge.

Thailand is facing its most serious political turmoil since 2010.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Ms Yingluck urged protesters to stop and “use the electoral system to choose who will become the next government.”

“I must do my duty as caretaker prime minister according to the constitution,” she said, adding: “I have retreated as far as I can – give me some fairness.”

On Monday, around 150,000 protesters had converged around the government headquarters in what they had described as a final push to unseat the government.

On the same day, Ms Yingluck announced that she would dissolve parliament and call elections, now set for 2 February.

SOURCE: BBC

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