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17 July 2006 :: 11:07:38 am 30168

Thai PM Calls for Reconciliation

Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, is calling for a resolution to all the ongoing bickering, in honor of the King.
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    In his weekly radio address, he said, “I beg all the parties, including opposition politicians, the People‘s Alliance for Democracy and the media to reconcile and uphold democratic rules under constitutional monarchy”.

   The King, who is the longest reigning monarch in the world at 60 years, is recovering from a fractured rib. The 78 year old king sustained the injury when he fell during a walk last month.

   “I am asking all to reconcile as our King is recuperating. Thus, it’s not good that we are quarreling with each other. We must show our respect to the king,” the prime minister said.

   Thaksin’s government has been surrounded by controversy ever since he won the election back in April. Even though he did in fact win the election, an opposition boycott led to the polls being annulled.

   His address comes on the heels of another protest held by the People’s Alliance for Democracy, again calling for his resignation. In past protests, the group would attract tens of thousands of people, however, the most recent one only drew about 1000 people. All of the protesters were dressed in yellow to honor the King.

   This is not the first time that the People’s Alliance for Democracy has protested Thaksin’s rule. Earlier in the year, the group led months of protests against him claiming that he is corrupt and abusing his power.

   Recently, the Constitutional Court has agreed to consider dissolving Thaksin’s rule over the Thai Rak Thai party. The court believes that he engaged in electoral fraud leading up to the April election. These recent happenings have cast doubt as to whether or not the elections planned for October can still proceed as planned.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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