Thai Premier reassures Al Jazeera amnesty bill off the table

Thursday, 05 December 2013 By  NNT

BANGKOK, 4 December Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has reassured Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera that the controversial amnesty bill is now off the table. 

The Thai Premier, during her interview with Al Jazeera, said the Thai government was no longer attempting to pass the amnesty bill that ignited conflict in the country. The amnesty bill, if passed, would pardon many people involved in corruption including former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Miss Yingluck also told the reporter that the government was in control of the situation. Despite seizures of state offices, the government would carry on its operation as usual, adding that it is a “must” for the government to serve its people.

She went on to say that the government respected the right to freedom of expression as long as it is under the law and democracy, while suggesting that the government would be open to talks and negotiations to find a solution to the prolonged political gridlock.

Lastly, She said the 2010 crackdown had hurt the country enough already and she did not want to see any more deaths or injuries. She also asserted that, as the Prime Minister and Defense Minister of the country, the military should obey her command.

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