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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2679

Thai Prime Minister refuses to step down

Colombo, 18 October, ( Thai Prime Minister refused to step down despite the pressure excreted by Thailand’s Army Commander and other leaders of the security forces.

Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat yesterday reasserted his intention to continue serving Thailand despite pressure from the Army chief and other top brass, including the police.

Speaking in a press conference about the October 7 clash between the police and People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters at parliament which claimed two lives and injured nearly 500, the prime minister said his government has set up a fact-finding committee to investigate the incident and it will accept the result of the investigation no matter the result.

Somchai told at a press conference that he considers the call made by Thailand’s Army Commander Gen Anupong Paochinda, the army chief, during a lengthy TV interview, for him to quit, "merely as one comment."

Anupong was flanked by the supreme commander, the navy commander, the air force commander and the national police chief when he urged the premier to step down Thursday.

During the TV interview, Gen Anupong suggested that the government's head should be held responsible for the deadly crackdown.

"If I were the prime minister, I would have already tendered my resignation," Anupong told the TV programme.

When asked by a reporter if the military was attempting to force the premier out of office, Somchai said: "Nobody is doing that. That's your own perception."

Meanwhile, the premier said an independent committee set up by his government will investigate the Oct 7 crackdown and report its findings within the next 15 days.

"The government will accept the result of the investigation and all parties concerned must be responsible," the premier said.

The result is expected to be revealed in 15 days.

- Asian Tribune -

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