Thailand: Giving the power of choice to the people

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has announced the dissolution of parliament on Monday morning. For the two weeks, the capital city of Thailand has seen violence from the anti-democracy demonstrators and fascist rioters who want to see their leader, Suthep Thaugsuban.

Suthep has promised last week to tear apart Bangkok if his demands were not met, despite the Government’s proposal for both sides to hold a dialogue or a referendum. The former Democrat MP has insisted on continuing with their rally and riots against the Government. Public security and safety have been threatened.

In light of waves of riots in Bangkok, the Prime Minister this morning made an official statement through Television Pool of Thailand, announcing the dissolution of parliament, while calling for a general election as soon as possible.

After listening to opinions from all sides, Yingluck said in her statement that she decided to request a royal decree to dissolve Parliament, and called for a new general election in accordance with the democratic system, adding that it was not unusual under the democratic system for a government to dissolve the House. The Prime Minister also cited examples of past parliament dissolution in 1996, 2000, 2006, and 2011.

Since she took office on 23 August 2011, Yingluck’s administration has solved many crises such as the disastrous flooding in 2011 and economic uncertainty as well as upholding democracy and strengthening diplomatic relations with foreign nations.

The Premier also assured that the Government had been patient and exercising restraint with the protesters, as she did not want to see any more casualties, adding that the country had lost so much already.

Yingluck’s administration will act as a caretaker government for the time being in order to carry on with the government’s work until a new cabinet has been appointed.

Yingluck making an announcement

Yingluck making an announcement


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