PM: Govt can control the situation

The government is capable of controlling the situation during the planned Bangkok shutdown on Jan 13 by protesters, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Friday.

She said people should continue with their lives as usual.

More than 20,000 police and military would be deployed in important areas and at key state agencies in the capital to maintain peace and order.

However, Ms Yingluck admitted that she is concerned that "third hand" groups would take this opportunity to incite violence.

She called on all parties to turn back from confrontation and enter talks to look for ways out of the  political crisis through the stage of the government's reform council, which will operate in parallel with the Feb 2 election.

Ms Yingluck said a general election is necessary because without a House of Representatives the country's administration would be disrupted.

Ms Yingluck insisted that she could not step down at this time, despite demands that she do so, as the law requires her to continue working until the new government is in place.

On the report that the armed force would step in as a mediator in arranging peace talks between the government and the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, the caretaker premier said she is ready for talks.

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Discussion 1 : 11/01/2014 at 11:15 AM
Another person murdered on the streets, and she claims that she is in control!
Discussion 2 : 11/01/2014 at 01:37 AM
It is easy to control the situation. Just let the protesters do whatever they want for a month or two and then they will go home or if they want to take over the government offices that is ok too. Government can always find a new place to work so simple as that.
Discussion 3 : 10/01/2014 at 07:15 PM
No coup and no stepping down Thailand... Neither coup nor stepping down is capable of solving lasting Thai politic. Thai people love coup. No single Prime Minister has served full term since 2006 as I recalled it.
Discussion 4 : 10/01/2014 at 07:12 PM
Only the legitimate general election can decide whether Yingluck needs to step down or to stay.
Discussion 5 : 10/01/2014 at 07:01 PM
Shamelessly hanging on and giving all the excuses by the order from the fugitive from Dubai, please resign. Thailand has a lot of capable people who can handle it.
Discussion 6 : 10/01/2014 at 06:30 PM
Brother says NO, brother says NO
Discussion 7 : 10/01/2014 at 06:11 PM
The Government can control the situation...same way they controlled the flood several years ago? Nice...I can sleep now and not worried about my factories...like the last incident!
Discussion 8 : 10/01/2014 at 05:42 PM
In Thai there is a phrase 'na dahn', hard face, or concrete face. Wikipedia may show her picture as part of the definition and examples... YOU and what you represent are a huge part of the problem. If you step down, things can move forward. Yet again, how to pull the corrupt off the teat of the gravy train?? They will not willing let go of their stream of money!
Discussion 9 : 10/01/2014 at 05:22 PM
Cannot step down should read:I don't want to step down." because without a House of Representatives the country's administration would be disrupted". Disrupted in which way ?
Discussion 10 : 10/01/2014 at 03:59 PM
The only way to go ahead is for YS and her government to resign.
Discussion 11 : 10/01/2014 at 02:44 PM
Armies, generally, are not involved in peace talks - they are enlisted when peace talks FAIL !
Discussion 12 : 10/01/2014 at 02:08 PM
She can easily step down as she is a caretaker PM. All she needs to do is postpone the elections for say 1 month, step down as caretaker PM and say she will not run in a new election. New rounds of candidate registration can then take place.

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