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“I refuse to comply with the proposals that do not represent the needs of the majority of the people.”

The Thai PM has made it clear he will not resign, saying he has no intention of “abandoning the country during a crisis”. Addressing Parliament yesterday, Prayut Chan-o-cha pointed to the current problems facing Thailand, including the political divide in society, the crisis brought on by the slowdown of the economy, and the dangers of a Covid-19 resurgence. He was responding to opposition calls for his resignation.

“You should think back to the political rallies in 2006 and 2014, when the ones in power also did not resign. I refuse to comply with the proposals that do not represent the needs of the majority of the people and will not run away from problems or abandon the country during a crisis. Ask yourself whether the victory you will gain on top of the country’s wreckage will be worth it or not, because by then we will have nothing left to change. Think about the children. Don’t use them to drive political movements.”

The PM went on to thank MPs who’d offered suggestions for a way out of the ongoing crisis, but pointed out that one of his biggest concerns about the protests is the risk of a resurgence of the Covid-19 virus. He says the country must do everything to avoid another lockdown, adding that the protests risk undermining economic confidence and are creating division in Thai society.

“The political rallies could undermine the confidence in our economy, but what worries me is that it could cause a rift in Thai society. We used to say that Thais treat each other as family members and respect one another. I don’t want to see this culture disappear because of misunderstanding between generations.”

Referring to yesterday’s incident in Parliament, in which opposition MP Visan Techatirawat cut his arm in protest at the treatment of anti-government activists, the PM claims the incident was pre-meditated in order to get media attention.

“However, I regret that it happened, as such an incident has never taken place in Parliament before.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Fabian

    October 28, 2020 at 11:34 am

    This arrogant clown will always find another excuse why he needs to lead the country.

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    SG666

    October 28, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Sure he will find an excuse and of course his major concern is covid 19 which could be spread through the protestors.

    He is a liar but this actually not separates him from many governments around the globe which currently implementing the same strategy.

    Spreading fear and than ruling trough it. It always worked, especially in societies where the average level of education is quite low. Covid 19 is a hoax nothing else.

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    Issan John

    October 28, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    … Addressing Parliament yesterday, Prayut Chan-o-cha …”You should think back to the political rallies in 2006 and 2014, when the ones in power also did not resign.”

    That’s odd.

    When I think back to 2006 I can distinctly remember that the then PM, Thaksin, DID RESIGN and dissolved parliament on 24 February 2006 and he also stood down as PM and didn’t stand again, with elections in April which were declared invalid by the Constitutional Court due to the siting of the election booths, followed by a military coup…

    … and when I think back to 2014 I can also distinctly remember that the then PM, Yingluck, HAD ALREADY RESIGNED on 9 December 2013 and dissolved parliament, and that she was subsequently impeached and removed from office in 2014 by the Constitutional Court because shs had removed Thawil Pliensri from his post as National Security Council secretary-general back in 2011. The court deemed the transfer unconstitutional and so removed Yingluck from office … followed by a military coup.

    Must be my Alzheimers playing up …..

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      James Pate

      October 29, 2020 at 6:55 am

      You hit the nail on the head! Odd indeed. I think he will resign eventally. I just hope no one gets seriously hurt as a consequence of the delay.

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    Jitendra Bahubali

    October 28, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    You have grabbed the power illegally through a coup. Thai people do not accept you as their leader. The country will not collapse if you resign. You are the reason for the collapsing economy. You should be ashamed denying to resign. If someone is not liked at a party one should leave…

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    Toby Andrews

    October 28, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    For an army general he soon learned the art of politician speak
    “no intention of abandoning the country in a crisis”
    “think about the children”
    “protests risk undermining economic confidence”
    “creating division in Thai society”
    “misunderstanding between generations”
    All quite slick, so slick that maybe someone wrote this speech for him.

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    Strider

    October 29, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Something Thailand shares in common with the USA.

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