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25 November 2008 :: 13:11:29 pm 39944

Pm Uncertain About Extra Parliamentary Session as Pad Plans Obstruction

LIMA, Nov 25 - Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat said he was not confident that the extraordinary parliamentary session scheduled for December 8 and 9 can be convened as anti-government protesters plan to obstruct it.
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The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Monday surrounded Parliament and prevented a joint session of Representatives and Senators from convening.

The PAD supporters also have taken physical possession of the country’s temporary Government House at Don Mueang Airport, which it says is one of the steps in its plan to topple the government.

Seizing the temporary Government House at Don Mueang Airport was aimed are preventing the cabinet from meeting.

The Government, the Opposition, House Speaker and the President of the Senate agreed jointly to hold an extraordinary parliamentary session on December 8 and 9, a session that will deal only with drafted international conventions and treaties to be approved at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Chiang Mai in December.

Mr. Somchai said he told about the PAD’s movements, but said he did not understand what the protesters wanted.

He said the Parliamentary session would benefit the nation, not any individual person. The prime minister said the PAD’s action was damaging to the country and that he would not bow to the pressure to resign.

A majority of the people would decide whether he should resign, he said, adding that everyone should abide with democratic principles.

He added that under the Constitution, anyone who topple government was considered rebel, therefore the PAD could not force him to resign.

After returning from Peru, the prime minister said, he would immediately discuss with the security concerned agencies on measures to deal with the PAD.

As Mr. Somchai is on an overseas trip, the PAD has announced it will rally at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Wednesday morning to protest the prime minister’s return from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Peru.

He was scheduled to return to Bangkok on Wednesday at noon.

Meanwhile, the PAD who had protested at the temporary Government House said they would dispatch a smaller group to the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters in Nonthaburi as it was reported that the cabinet planned to meet there on Wednesday. The PAD said it would obstruct any location where the cabinet planned to meet. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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