Yingluck in no rush to return to seat

AYUTTHAYA - Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Friday she would wait for security clearance before returning to work at Government House.

Ms Yingluck, who skipped her routines in Bangkok and took her son to Ayutthaya to make merit in the old capital on Makha Bucha Day, said she would return to office only when it was clear it would not ignite a new round of confrontations with anti-government protesters. Besides, safety measures should remain in place and all facilities must be ready to serve officials who have to follow her back to Government House, she added.

Government House looks ready for reopening after the police cleared the rally site of independent protest groups from Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge and Suan Misakawan intersection on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue on Friday morning.

The caretaker prime minister said the decision to retake the area was made by the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order without her involvement.

Despite the return of the area near the bridge, another group — the Network of Students and Peoples for Reform of Thailand — still has its stage block another access to Government House at Chamai Maruchet bridge.

Ms Yingluck mainly uses the Royal Thai Air Force's headquarters in Don Mueang airport, the army club on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and the Defence Ministry's permanent secretary office in Muang Thong Thani as her makeshift offices for cabinet and security meetings.

Police clear the area on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue hold by independent protesters on Friday. Video by Apichart Jinakul.

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Discussion 1 : 15/02/2014 at 08:59 PM
Unless we include her boss in Dubai who scripts everything she does. Not too sure how that makes her even a great proxy.
Discussion 2 : 15/02/2014 at 07:28 PM
There are more people than Yingluck in a goverment.. U_U
Discussion 3 : 15/02/2014 at 08:53 AM
The election will not be completed and the PM will be gone before the next election. Tick, tock ....
Discussion 4 : 15/02/2014 at 12:13 AM
She'll walk, the rich and powerful never serve time here. Only poor, luckless people who are easy targets do
Discussion 5 : 15/02/2014 at 12:01 AM
That does make a good politician! integrity, honesty, and ability to solve problems before they get out of hand are also important attributes a good political leader should have. Sadly she doesn't display these qualities very often, if ever
Discussion 6 : 14/02/2014 at 10:26 PM
When the elections are completed and the new Parliament seated the PM will be hailed for her patience and restraint in dealing with the anti democracy mobs.
Discussion 7 : 14/02/2014 at 08:25 PM
Since the beginning of the protesters moves, I had suspected Ms Yingluck's tactics to be a very psychological warfare. I am concerned because I believe Thailand and Thais are a beautiful country and people. But if the rice farmers are not paid, farmers are currently facing the drought, the Thai economy is in shambles, etc., etc, Whose fault is it - really? The tactic is not to do anything - obviously. The blame will come naturally - BUT at the people who started it. Let her release the money to help the people and the economy. You can still persecute her if you have proof against her without disrupting the course of the government.
Discussion 8 : 14/02/2014 at 07:57 PM
no, because it is easier for her to play the 'victim' card which she does so frequently
Discussion 9 : 14/02/2014 at 07:46 PM
Well she only needs to run the country, whats the rush shes got millions in the bank already. Let the others play at politics its only a game to them anyway. It is so obvious she is only PM to keep the PT party in power and the Thaksin regime, she is hopeless as the leader of the country. Just a pretty lady who is part of a family run dictatorship.
Discussion 10 : 14/02/2014 at 07:35 PM
She is not lunatic full of hat and directed by some powerful rich paymasters. No circus on the streets, she is considerate, professional and very clever. That's what makes a great politician.
Discussion 11 : 14/02/2014 at 06:44 PM
She is a firm believer in the theory that if you never do anything (or at least claim that is the case) you will never be held responsible for anything.
Discussion 12 : 14/02/2014 at 06:35 PM
'Yingluck in no hurry to return to seat': Might that be because it has become a (burning) hot seat? Or is she afraid it is now an ejector-seat? ;-))
Discussion 13 : 14/02/2014 at 06:23 PM
It is funny she tries to claim no responsibility in the police actions to reclaim sections of the city. She is the PM, and is responsible for all actions by everyone in her government. It will be interesting when the NACC finds her as negligent in her duty over the rice scheme, and the board that supervised it, with her as the main chair. If she truly doesn't know what is going on with her government, or didn't care, then she will go to jail for that negligence, and dereliction of duty. The NACC doesn't loose cases, like her government does constantly. The NACC has a very good record for conviction.
Discussion 14 : 14/02/2014 at 06:21 PM
Yingluck said the decision to retake the area was made by CMPO without her involvement, does she get involved with anything?
Discussion 15 : 14/02/2014 at 06:19 PM
Why go back...she is not in charge of anything...?

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