PM's Office 'will reopen Wednesday'

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be able to return to work at Government House on Wednesday, says Chalerm Yubamrung, director of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO).

Ms Yingluck has no appointments this weekend and is resting in her residence in Soi Yothin Pattana 3 amid tight security, reports said.

Officials said Ms Yingluck was closely following the anti-government rallies and had asked for hourly reports from security units.

Mr Chalerm said he had directed Metropolitan Police commander Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit Thoopkrachang to inspect the Government House compound to ensure it was clear of bombs and to reopen the premier's office by Wednesday.

He also reiterated that the CMPO would not use violent means to take back state offices occupied by protesters from the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and other anti-government groups.

Mr Chalerm, also the caretaker labour minister, said that as far as he was concerned, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban could continue rallying all year until he and his financiers have no money left.

It was clear, he said, that Bangkok residents had stopped supporting Mr Suthep as the number of PDRC protesters had dropped to only 8,200 on Friday.

The PDRC has held a handful of key sites in the capital for nearly five weeks as part of its "Bangkok Shutdown" campaign. At their peak, PDRC rallies were drawing hundreds of thousands of people.

"The CMPO will refrain from using force against PDRC protesters but this does not mean that we will not arrest Mr Suthep, wanted under an arrest warrant on a charge of treason," Mr Chalerm said on Saturday.

A plan to take back the Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road was suspended on Saturday after protest leader Luang Pu Buddha Issara agreed to talk with police on Sunday.

Mr Chalerm said police would negotiate with the monk to take back as many as state offices as possible.

There would be no use of force in taking back the Government Complex, as the aim was to allow civil servants to work and provide services for people, and to avoid any possible casualties, he affirmed.

Police were deployed at the mouth of Soi Yothin Pattana 3 and near the caretaker premier's home to maintain order.

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Discussion 1 : 16/02/2014 at 06:18 AM
Oh good ! The Yingluck will be able to "task " people from Government House again.
Discussion 2 : 15/02/2014 at 10:38 PM
I can't believe that there's people still supporting this corrupt government. Well, given the reds on here, actually I can.
Discussion 3 : 15/02/2014 at 05:24 PM
Nobody cares what Chalerm says...they are all idiots serving the interest of fugitive criminal only...so no way to hurt Suthep's feelings...but you must be happy, Android!....because this idiot is back in his usual villain form...intimidation, violence and lying are his key filthy tactics!
Discussion 4 : 15/02/2014 at 04:26 PM
"Chalerm...said that.....Suthep Thaugsuban could continue rallying all year until he and his financiers have no money left." It hurts Suthep's feelings.
Discussion 5 : 15/02/2014 at 04:12 PM
Chalerm claims less demonstrators, but passing by Silom today, it looked like more than I saw last Saturday, and the US Embassy sent out a warning stating that the protesters had taken over the Ploenchit/Wireless intersection.
Discussion 6 : 15/02/2014 at 03:56 PM
A wast of time, what has the PM actually achieve except completely divide the Nation
Discussion 7 : 15/02/2014 at 03:39 PM
The egomania speaks "Mr Chalerm, also the caretaker labour minister, said that as far as he was concerned, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban could continue rallying all year until he and his financiers have no money left." Consensus is that if the protests continue past the first quarter the country will suffer irreversible economic consequences. Tourism will dry up, exports will continue to decrease, the farmers will not get paid and so on and so on. But I guess Chalerm is happy, he's BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Discussion 8 : 15/02/2014 at 02:54 PM
Wasn't it yesterday and today that was planned a new "mass" rally ? 8,200 protestors in a city of 10 millions : the "Bangkok shutdown", like all previous supposed "decisive" moves from Suthep, is a complete failure. What a farce. Suthep has changed a movement able to draw hundreds of thousands of people (including some Red shirts when it was about the amnesty bill) to nearly nothing due to his endless one sided, undemocratic, unrealistic and extremist demands and statements. Typical from this political sensibility since more than a decade now.

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