Red shirts say no to unelected PM

The red shirts on Sunday renewed their opposition to attempts to bring in an outsider as prime minister.

United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leader Tida Tawornseth insisted on an elected MP governing the country and said moves to push for a prime minister from outside parliament are against the constitution.

''No outsiders can be prime minister. Both the 1997 and 2007 constitutions make clear that a prime minister must be a member of parliament,'' she said.

The red shirts' latest call follows mounting pressure on caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down to break the political impasse.

Former deputy prime minister and finance minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula was the latest prominent figure to join the anti-government chorus. The former Bank of Thailand governor on Thursday urged Ms Yingluck to resign to show responsibility for the failure of the rice subsidies programme.

MR Pridiyathorn said resignation was possible under the democratic process and that a new government would move the country forward.

Mrs Tida said fighting to block an unelected person as prime minister is the ultimate course for the UDD and urged the Election Commission to hasten the completion of the election by organising poll reruns in constituencies unable to vote on Feb 2 and advance voting on Jan 26.

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Discussion 1 : 10/02/2014 at 09:22 AM
As much as I dislike Mrs. Tida or rather what she represents, your comment about her physical appearance is irrelevant and inappropriate. Would you have allowed yourself such a comment if it were a guy on the picture ???
Discussion 2 : 10/02/2014 at 06:36 AM
TS is not an outsider, he only lives outside. As far as the UDD is concerned, I guess the last vote was complete enough to continue the PTP farce. And I suppose the UDD farmers are not allowed to complain.
Discussion 3 : 10/02/2014 at 06:04 AM
Pridiyathorn, the prosecution's main witness in the Thaksin Ratchada trial. He was allowed to give evidence in private with Thaksin's lawyers not allowed in the room.
Discussion 4 : 10/02/2014 at 03:58 AM
Hopefully, the reds will see the light and separate from the rest of Thailand as some of them are reqesting and this will be a non-issue. Then reform can take place without them and the rest of the country can finally move forward under an elected government.
Discussion 5 : 10/02/2014 at 03:39 AM
An interim government can be appointed under certain circumstances according to the constitution.
Discussion 6 : 10/02/2014 at 01:32 AM
Sorry, you should read the text again. She was only referring to the constitution and it is this Thai way it is written there. I would also recommend that Thailand needs quite a different constitution, There is no real need that a PM must be member of Parliament, even much better for Thailand would be a check and balance governemt with 7-11 different members without a PM and completely separated from Parliament. But also better would be elected and not nominated Senators.
Discussion 7 : 10/02/2014 at 01:17 AM
Any color shirt should be against an unelected PM.
Discussion 8 : 10/02/2014 at 12:01 AM
nice, I love the way she is threatening everyone. Red shirts say no, so no it must be. Time to put the Kevlar on again. Here come the red shirts. It's their ultimate course. Those are her words.
Discussion 9 : 09/02/2014 at 11:42 PM
The BP picked a great picture of that hag. Hahaha.
Discussion 10 : 09/02/2014 at 11:28 PM
Suggest Mrs Thida for PM and she will immediately give up resistance. BTW how can she talk for all the redshirts? Does she have a mandate from a democratic vote?
Discussion 11 : 09/02/2014 at 11:23 PM
You better say no to your fugitive master...and realise you have been used all this have nothing to ask since your PT lords will be impeached an disbanded ver very soon....
Discussion 12 : 09/02/2014 at 10:46 PM
And not a single word about the farmers situation. Great leaders the UDD have. Guess they still get their pay checks from a city in Arabia.
Discussion 13 : 09/02/2014 at 10:13 PM
The right thing to do is to step down. Yingluck, please know that there is a Hurricane coming and there is no time for sipping tea in the garden. One would agree that sitting on a high throne saying that the opposition is wrong does not help anyone, in fact any democratic country would fail if its government cannot control its own people from demonstrating they way that is going on in Thailand. The biggest question to be asked...if millions oppose you as Prime Minister and are willing to shut down your capital for as long as it takes, one don't need to be educated to realize that you are not fit as a leader as it stands...
Discussion 14 : 09/02/2014 at 09:43 PM
Listen to Ms.Tawornseth, or she turns you into a toad.
Discussion 15 : 09/02/2014 at 09:31 PM
Hang on, Thaksin is unelected yet controls the PTP? Or is that different?

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