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Thai PM: Do you know what will happen if I resign?

Maya Taylor

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The Thai PM has asked opposition MPs if they know what would happen if he resigns – then proceeded to tell them. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called on members of the opposition to clarify whether they want him to resign or to dissolve the House of Representatives.

Thai PBS World reports that his comment was in response to Pheu Thai MP Chulapant Amornvivat urging him to do the responsible thing and step down. The PM replied by asking if MPs knew what that would entail. He then went on to explain that if he resigns, Cabinet would technically be dissolved too, but be required to remain on in an acting capacity until there is a replacement Cabinet.

He added that a new PM would be elected by Parliament (under the current 2017 charter), but the winning candidate would need half of MP and Senators’ votes. He then pointed out that if he opts to dissolve the House of Representatives, all MPs lose their parliamentary status and a general election will be called.

Anti-government protests have been taking place since mid-July and show no sign of stopping. Indeed the royalist factions are now mounting counter-protests in support of the government and ‘status quo’ as regards the Thai monarchy. The primarily student-led movement is calling for the PM’s resignation, the dissolution of Parliament, fresh elections, and a Charter (constitution) re-write, among other demands. So far, the PM has held fast despite growing calls for him to go.

Protesters handed over a letter at the German Embassy last night.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    patty

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:11 am

    The country will prosper if you resign

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    Maag

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Dont resign….we love you !

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      S2k

      Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      …said nobody.

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        adf

        Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 7:46 am

        said I

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    Mike

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Off the top of my head:

    Free and fair elections
    Full democracy
    End to protests

    Idiot

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    MisterStretch

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Can you take your made-up government with you? As soon as you can, please.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:49 am

    If this PM resigns the Thai population will be doing back somersaults in the street with jubilation.

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    Tony Grace

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    So putting it simpely if go you go and all of your nice perks and lifestyle goes as well my brothers fans sisters,

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      S2k

      Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      Exactly how I read it, too.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Odd. Very odd. Why explain that if he resigns then all those who want him to go will get what they want?

    Was it a threat that he may dissolve parliament so they’ll all be out of a job?

    Just odd.

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    Khon

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Sounds perfect to me! He should keep in mind that before the coup he also urged the former PM to step down due to the protests.

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    preesy chepuce

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    I want some lottery numbers, anyone who can see into the future is surely worth listening to.

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    Paul Douglas McCarty

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    What a disgusting man Mr Tasty Moon is. Tasty Moon is a direct translation of this name into English. He is not tasty in any way. Mr. Tasty Moon represents evil! And he can take his evil ministers and advisors to prison.

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      Bob

      Friday, October 30, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Amen!

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    Jowen

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4:44 am

    He basically told the same thing to the previous MP Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. Now karma is coming back to hunt the present MP. He should just resign, we don’t need your excuses or threats, what if and and so on. Need a new election and a fresh start.

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    piggsy snuffleschnozz

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8:54 am

    bye-bye

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    gk

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Yes please resign and take your buddies with you , full of antiquated ideas stifling thailand and it’s prosperity. Still your pal can always sell his corrupt rolex watches nothing to do with corruption there.

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    Al

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Thai PM: Do you know what will happen if I resign? 55!

    Answer – There will be much rejoicing in a party this beautiful country has never seen before! Boy oh boy, a right little deluded megalomania going on there! Makes one wonder what he thinks when he looks in a mirror!

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