Thai PM Yingluck told to abandon caretaker job

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BANGKOK, Dec 10 – Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has insisted that Yingluck Shinawatra must resign from the caretaker premiership to pave the way for the formation of a people’s council.

In a speech at a rally site near Government House yesterday, Mr Suthep demanded that the prime minister seek His Majesty’s endorsement to relinquish the caretaker position.

He said Ms Yingluck could run in the next general election under a new regulation and after a political party reform which will prohibit a single person from manipulating a party.

A new law must be written to ensure that an election is subject to scrutiny and political reform is vital for the country, he said.

“We must have a people’s council to take charge of the country’s administration for 8-15 months to ensure that a general election really serves the people’s needs,” he said.

“We will have a prime minister from the people’s government. Legislators in the people’s council will replace those who have cheated us.”

The former Democrat MP said a people’s reform is urgently needed for the well-being of the Thai people.

He said the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, a anti-government grouping of which he serves as secretary general, has seized power from an illegitimate government which has abused its power, violated the Constitution and betrayed the people.

He said he would continue the demonstrations with anti-government protesters until their demands are met.