Thailand’s prime minister yingluck shinawatra rejects immediate resignation despite ongoing protests. The 46-year-old was overcome with tears when she appealed to the demonstrators who had come out for the 2. To accept the new elections scheduled for february as a solution and not to attack her family any further. "I have already given in so much, i don’t know how to give in any more," she said during a press conference.
The opposition, however, does not want new elections, because the ruling party was allowed to win this one as well. They aim at a profound restructuring of the political system. Word leader suthep thaugsuban declared late last night that his protest group would appoint a prime minister itself, since yingluck had lost all legitimacy.
A few thousand demonstrators hoard his speech in front of the government headquarters in bangkok – far fewer than the more than 100,000 government generals who had gathered there the day before. Due to a holiday it was quieter on tuesday. Only small groups paraded through the city with thai flags, which have become a symbol of opposition.
Yingluck, who has remained in office as interim prime minister since the dissolution of parliament on monday, wants to become head of government again in the new elections. She has been nominated by her party, pheu thai, as its top candidate, the nation newspaper reported.
The goal of the demonstrators is to force the influential shinawatra family out of politics. They accuse her of corruption and vote-buying – the government is said to have secured a majority of the country’s population’s votes through high rice subsidies. Their anger is directed primarily at thaksin shinawatra, yingluck’s older brother, who is pulling the strings from exile.
According to leader suthep, the protests will continue until "the fall of the thaksin regime". Do not kick yingluck until tuesday evening at 22.00 a.M. (local time), he would announce the next step.
Federal minister guido westerwelle (FDP) expressed concern at the danger of further escalation. "We call on all those with political responsibility to act with restraint and care."
Criticism of the demonstrators comes from a group of academics. In their own words, they want to "protect people from the destruction of the democratic system". There is no constitutional basis for the people’s assembly planned by the opposition, said piyabutr saengkanokkul of thammasat university. "For such a meeting of the people, the constitution had to be changed, and that could only be done by a referendum."
Nor can yingluck resign as interim prime minister, said political scientist worajet pakketrat "the only way for our country to emerge from the current crisis is an election."