PM denies parliament dissolution plan

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BANGKOK, 1 November 2013 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra denies considering the dissolution of the parliament as the Opposition Democrat Party is staging a major rally against the controversial amnesty law.

Following the passing of the amnesty bill in the second and third readings by the House of Representatives, Ms Yingluck insisted that she will not dissolve the House anytime soon since the much-debated bill still needs to be deliberated by the Senate and go through many processes.

The Prime Minister expressed her concerns over deeper rift in the nation over the blanket amnesty bill. She called on every group, either pro- or anti-government, to refrain from street confrontation and using violence. She also asked security officers on duty in the rally areas to avoid any clashes with the protesters.

The premier assured that the government will closely monitor the rally and carefully deal with the situation. She expressed her hope that the amnesty law would be able to help Thailand mend the differences that have caused violence and turmoil in the country over the past several years.