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31 March 2009 :: 11:03:41 am 38700

Pm Leaves For London G-20; Deputy Pm Cancels Cabinet Meeting

BANGKOK, March 31 - Thailand's Cabinet will not meet this week, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said Tuesday, saying the situation didn't permit regular Tuesday session as Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was to leave for London at noon and anti-government protesters still blockaded all entrances to Government House.
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Mr. Suthep, who supervises security affairs, chose to cancel the usual weekly Cabinet meeting rather than to risk unnecessary confrontation.

Red-shirted United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) demonstrators have surrounded Government House since last Thursday, attempting to oust Mr. Abhisit’s three-month-old Democrat-led government.

Mr. Suthep said he was responsible to evaluate the protest situation and found that conducting a Cabinet meeting would be difficult amid the protest. In addition, the prime minister could not chair the meeting as he had gone abroad.

Mr. Abhisit was scheduled to leave Bangkok Tuesday at noon going to London to attend the G-20 summit.

“I want to avoid the clash between security personnel and the protesters,” Mr. Suthep said. “I’ll wait for the court decision on the Government House blockade.”

The Office of the Prime Minister’s Office Permanent Secretary has (already) petitioned the civil court for an injunction to open the entrance of Government House, he said.

The government would adhere to the law, the deputy prime minister said, but if the protesters still block access to Government House, the government would untiringly seek ways to work there normally.

As for the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra?s daily address to the protesters via satellite video, Mr. Suthep said that the government would not comply with Mr. Thaksin?s proposals and he did not think the ousted prime minister’s attempts to aggravate the political situation would succeed.

The government is monitoring Mr. Thaksin’s movements, he said, but the fugitive ex-premier’s location remains unknown. If the government knew where he is now, Mr. Thaksin would be brought back to Thailand for prosecution.

Removed from power in a bloodless military coup in September 2006, the ex-premier was found guilty by Thailand’s Supreme Court last year of violating the country’s conflict of interest laws in regard to a land purchase on Bangkok’s Ratchadapisek Road by his then wife. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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