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28 March 2009 :: 17:03:11 pm 27895

PM Abhisit Rejects House Dissolution Demanded by Ousted Premier

Mr. Abhisit said clearly that the only solution to Thailand's political impasse is through a national reconciliation process in which everybody participates.
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Emphasising that he did not listen to Mr. Thaksin’s Friday night speech to anti-government protesters from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), Mr. Abhisit said he rejected the ousted Mr. Thaksin’s call to dissolve the House and hold a fresh general election.

Mr. Thaksin told the United Front supporters rallying at Government House for the third day Saturday that if a general election is held, he would not enter the race.

The ex-premier said new election would resolve political impasse and end the conflict between the rival groups, but Mr. Abhisit said he did not believe that Mr. Thaksin’s proposal could solve Thailand’s political problem now.

Every sector must cooperate to find a solution for the country, Mr. Abhisit said. That is the best thing. (TNA)

 

 

  

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BANGKOK POLICE BOOST SECURITY AT PRIVY COUNCIL PRESIDENT’S RESIDENCE, FOREIGN MINISTRY

BANGKOK, March 28 — Thai police here are stepping up security to Privy Council president Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda’s residence and to Foreign Affairs Ministry following accusations launched by convicted, ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday.

Senior Bangkok police officers early on Saturday met about the ongoing rally by the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) who have sealed off Government House for the third consecutive day.

Deputy Bangkok police chief Police Maj-Gen. Pongsant Jiam-on told journalists afterward that the meeting focused what Mr. Thaksin, ousted in the Sept. 19, 2006 coup d?etat, told the UDD demonstrators Friday night via a live television broadcast, that both Gen. Prem, Privy Council President and a former prime minister, and Privy Councilor Gen. Surayud Chulanont, were key figures in the political intervention which ousted him from power.

Press reports said Mr. Thaksin, now in self-imposed exile, on Friday asked his lawyer to file a criminal suit against Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya for allegedly defaming him by saying he had offended the revered monarchy during anti-Thaksin speeches at rallies in late 2008.

The reports said the case has been accepted by the Criminal Court and the first hearing is scheduled for June 1.

While there has been no sign of violence during the current rally, as yet, the authorities cannot risk carelessness, Gen. Pongsant said.

Asked if it is possible for Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his Cabinet ministers to enter and work at Government House next week as protesters have blocked the entrances, he said it is up to the Government to decide, and then the police must provide the means.

Gen. Pongsant said police will continue monitoring movements of the United Front protesters as it is still unknown how long they would besiege Government House. (TNA)

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THAKSIN CRITICISES KING’S ADVISERS

BANGKOK, March 27 – Convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday criticised Privy Council president and privy councillor of masterminding the September 2006 coup, which led to what he called Thailand’s political setback.

In a video link from an undisclosed location to thousands of anti-government protesters led by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) who had sealed off Government House for a second day, Mr. Thaksin criticised president of the Privy Council Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda and privy councillor and the former prime minister Surayud Chulanont as the key figures he said were involved in political intervention which ousted him from power in 2006.

 

Both Gen. Prem and Gen. Surayud had earlier denied the allegations. Deposed in the bloodless military coup in September 2006, ex-premier Thaksin was found guilty by Thailand?s Supreme Court last year of violating conflict of interest laws in a Bangkok land purchase by his then wife.

The ex-premier also called for Parliament dissolution and fresh elections. We want to see true democracy in Thailand,” Mr. Thaksin told his supporters. Earlier on Friday, Mr. Abhisit rejected calls for his resignation by anti-government protesters, saying he would not step down under pressure, but only leave office through democratic means.

The premier did not show up at his office, but reiterated himself and his cabinet members would go to work and attend the cabinet meeting at Government House next Tuesday.

He also said he did not expect any clashes between the UDD protesters and police. Meanwhile, core UDD leader Jatuporn Prompan, said the group would not negotiate with the government, as it was demanding the prime minister step down.- (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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