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Suthep: too early to lobby for a neutral premier

Posted by Nuttapon_S On March - 25 - 2014
BANGKOK, March 25 – Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said today that he had never approached anyone to assume the interim premiership as the time is not ripe for the move.
The secretary general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) said the PDRC will not join talks with the Election Commission (EC) on the resolution of Thailand’s political conflicts.
Pro-government group of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) or Red Shirts  leader Nattawut Saikua has disclosed a list of people whom he claimed were candidates for an interim prime minister to replace Ms Yingluck Shinawatra in case she is indicted in connection with the rice pledging scheme.
Mr Suthep said the PDRC has never approached anyone to become an interim prime minister and the Red Shirt’s list of names derived from its own imagination.
“We haven’t moved to that process as we have yet to remove the Thaksin regime. The prime minister must resign after which a search for a neutral premier will start,” he said.
The former deputy prime minister said the PDRC will definitely not attend any negotiation except for a face-to-face talk with the prime minister broadcast live on television.
The PDRC has stressed its stand for national reform before an election, he said, adding that a new general election will be useless given voters’ poor response to the Senate’s advance election on Sunday.
The Constitution Court has annulled the Feb 2 general election, compelling the EC to organise new balloting nationwide. (MCOT online news)

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