PM Yingluck rules out stepping down


BANGKOK, 24 February 2014  – Despite a series of violent incidents, Miss Yingluck Shinawatra has ruled out resigning from her post as Prime Minister, raising a question whether or not her resignation is the answer to the conflict.

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who has been the target of anti-government protests, said it was time all sides involved in the conflict sat down and talked in order for the country to find its way out of the prolonged political stalemate.

In response to demands for her resignation, Miss Yingluck said stepping down from her post was not the ultimate solution to the political deadlock that has gripped the country for eight years.

Groups of protesters have been gathering in Bangkok and blocking key intersections, hoping to unseat Miss Yingluck and to erase the influence of her brother, former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who is believed by many to be the real power behind Yingluck-led government.