Yingluck dissolves House, still PM

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday morning announced that the House of Representatives has been dissolved to pave the way for elections.

Ms Yingluck made the announcement in an address televised by the Thai Television Pool of Thailand.

She said she will remain the head of the interim government until there is a new cabinet.

"The situation seems likely to escalate to violence so the government has decided to return power to the people and let them decide through elections," the prime minister said.

Suthep Thaugsuban, the proclaimed secretary-general of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee, made it clear that a House dissolution, or a resignation by the premier, would not be enough to end the rallies - not until the "Thaksin influence" is uprooted from the country.

On Sunday, Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, accompanied by party members, announced that all 153 party MPs have agreed to resign with immediate effect. The mass resignation was seen by observers as an attempt to force a House dissolution.

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Discussion 1 : 16/12/2013 at 11:58 AM
until family clans and patronage voting is eradicated, thailand will not become a democratic country,its at a crossroads,where corruption is thrive,and money buys votes,the problem is nothing is achieved at grassroots,so either people power will change this,or continue to pretend
Discussion 2 : 10/12/2013 at 05:54 PM
For the record there are a maximum of 18 Privy Councillors.
Discussion 3 : 10/12/2013 at 04:46 PM
She was elected in a democratic election, if she would resign for the wishes of the few then that would be a real disgrace for Thailand. Whatever it is that you don't like, vote buying, corruption, rice scams, amnesty bill etc. the battlefield is in the political arena and if there is something you don't like then stop whining and do something about it make sure they change the rules of the game by playing it by the rules. There is no way everyone will get what they want, that doesn't happen. Either the few gets what they want or the majority gets what they want. In my book its better that the "majority voice" has the deciding decision.
Discussion 4 : 10/12/2013 at 08:24 AM
Thailand is definitely not a Democratic country !! The group of 100 Privy Couneillor has the main power in this country. They use Rebeller team Suthep T and he's people's to breake down the country against the majority of Thai people's Will. So this country run by Dictatorship similar to former Burma and other Dictatorship countrys.Now wait and see what the world will act to a non Democratic country a country running by Dictators!?
Discussion 5 : 10/12/2013 at 12:17 AM
So the PM dissolves the House, yet gets to remain interim PM, and then will become PM with the new election? I believe people once again are misconstruing the point of all these protests. They believe in a people's democracy, they just don't want a Shinawatra dictatorship.
Discussion 6 : 09/12/2013 at 11:53 PM
Thailand has independent observers already but they are not ever listened to. I think that outside observers would be a great idea and my feeling is that the biggest outcry against it would not come from the PTP. In the last election the Democrats refused requests from outside observers.
Discussion 7 : 09/12/2013 at 11:36 PM
caralho Your comment about the PTP is spot on.
Discussion 8 : 09/12/2013 at 11:29 PM
EC will not toleate "vote buying" best joke I have heard in a while. How long have you been learning about Thailand?
Discussion 9 : 09/12/2013 at 06:30 PM
Abbub if you think that doesn't happen you are very nieve if you want to see it happening just spend Election Day with me and I will show you a whole new world it happens everywhere and with both parties it's just the PTP throw more money at the people than the democrats.
Discussion 10 : 09/12/2013 at 05:49 PM
it would be good to see independent observers supervise this next election. Perhaps the UN. But, of course, this will never happen.
Discussion 11 : 09/12/2013 at 04:22 PM
No. It is time now for the people to vote either for or against the Shinawatras. That's what democracy is about. Whether you or I like this family is not important. She has the right to stand [the same as Suthep does] and the people have the right to choose. Let the battle begin.
Discussion 12 : 09/12/2013 at 01:42 PM
@ phrae, that would be figured out in due course when the dust settles so to speak. Regional chair people would be an idea then each region has an equal stake in the policies / directives. Creation of the council should not be something that is selected by the few. It should be created at a necessary pace and with full transparency and room for scrutiny by local electorate that can monitor and verify fairness. Big ask i know but thats my answer.
Discussion 13 : 09/12/2013 at 01:10 PM
Isnt this the very way that the United States President gets elected?
Discussion 14 : 09/12/2013 at 01:08 PM
To be truly democratic electoral boundaries should not be drawn up by any political party but by an agency that is funded at a distance by all levels of government, (lets call them an Electoral Commission) it would then be up to this commission to run all elections at all levels of government across the country.
Discussion 15 : 09/12/2013 at 12:36 PM
Reply to Phrae,Suthep of course......... surely not the regular Thai citizen.
Discussion 16 : 09/12/2013 at 12:26 PM
What is democracy in your eyes? democracy is when everyone in the country can vote with one vote for their Representative. So that means, the politician have to win there votes. If the democrats would do anything for the so called poor in the east, they can win there votes. So do something for the people and earn there votes and you can win an election. But you do not want to do something for the so called poor and that makes it easy and cheap for the competition to get there votes, with small gifts.
Discussion 17 : 09/12/2013 at 12:26 PM
I said it before and I will say it again, the Democrat party is in serious need of renaming.
Discussion 18 : 09/12/2013 at 12:21 PM
That is how democracy works is it not? If you follow Canadian politics don't they do what they want when they have a majority? Then the next political group gets in power they do what they want if they have a majority Government .
Discussion 19 : 09/12/2013 at 12:18 PM
Having 1 region (Bangkok) dictate to the rest of the country who will be the Unelected leaders is undemocratic.
Discussion 20 : 09/12/2013 at 12:13 PM
what village are you talking about? Mars?
Discussion 21 : 09/12/2013 at 11:33 AM
The current protest leaders would have no points to make if the PTP government had acted in a fair and unbiased way. Instead they felt their so called majority was an electoral mandate to do as they please. Which was to act in the interest of a specific group and or person .
Discussion 22 : 09/12/2013 at 11:33 AM
I certainly hope this calms things down for a while, I am travelling to Thailand next week for a holiday and things were beginning to look disturbing for a while.
Discussion 23 : 09/12/2013 at 11:22 AM
Please tell me if this is a Democracy. In the North and NorthEast, the poor folks have to surrender their IDs in exchange for money from the village chief and the village chief works for a local politician and goes to vote for the entire village. Is that a Democracy? Please tell me. PheuThai has so much confidence that if we have Democracy this way. They will always win.
Discussion 24 : 09/12/2013 at 11:18 AM
And just who would appoint the people's council?
Discussion 25 : 09/12/2013 at 11:15 AM
They don't want election because they have no chance of winning. They become so busy with their personal agenda, attacking politicians' family/personal/ private issues instead of thinking of ways how to serve best the people.
Discussion 26 : 09/12/2013 at 11:15 AM
When will all this riots ends in thailand? They had been doing the same thing for the past few years, government disolve power return to the people & they vote a new goverment. less than a year, they protest again & demand for new goverment. Could anyone tell me what the thai people want? Looks like only the military goverment will keep them in peace. Could the thai people stop the fight & return the peaceful kingdom? I am so sad to see the thai fighting against the thai.
Discussion 27 : 09/12/2013 at 10:50 AM
Hey old hand, you forgot Anand Panyarachun.
Discussion 28 : 09/12/2013 at 10:49 AM
it is more democratic to listen to a minority then ignore a majority
Discussion 29 : 09/12/2013 at 10:45 AM
ricefield., I'm sure that is true. Nonetheless if the "Democrats" refuse to take part on the spurious grounds that the election is in some way "illegitimate" we shall be no further forward than we are now.
Discussion 30 : 09/12/2013 at 10:45 AM
How Democratic of the Democrats. They just don't want to play because they can't win.
Discussion 31 : 09/12/2013 at 10:41 AM
The Democrats did exactly that, redraw the boundaries and change the system to favor themselves, just days before they dissolved the house causing the PTP to lose around 23 seats. If they had not they would have even less MPs. If the south has less people than the N & NE then the south should have less seats than the North and northeast. Also the election map cannot be redrawn because the house is dissolved.
Discussion 32 : 09/12/2013 at 10:38 AM
sensible comment, couldn't agree more
Discussion 33 : 09/12/2013 at 10:35 AM
They already redrew the map, after the last coup. But that didn't work because Thaksin is so very very popular. Perhaps they should only allow democrat supporters to vote- that would get you the result you want.
Discussion 34 : 09/12/2013 at 10:26 AM
if they can accept, today will be another working day for all of us.
Discussion 35 : 09/12/2013 at 10:23 AM
yes, the people are not ignorant, they will cast their vote on party that is more believable. welcome to thailand.
Discussion 36 : 09/12/2013 at 10:23 AM
The Dems will boycott the new election if there is any trace of the Shins' involvment in politics.
Discussion 37 : 09/12/2013 at 10:21 AM
I'm still of the opinion that a people's council may well be the best way to go. Yes they may be unelected and untested, but getting rid of the main crop of current politicians and starting afresh may well in fact be for the best. It could be better in the long run than simply re electing the same type of parties, with the same politicians who have all the same schemes and self interests that come before doing their duty for the people. Putting in place a real democracy with the people as its core interest is a marathon, not a sprint, and it's best to start it in the best way possible. The red and yellow divisions need to cease
Discussion 38 : 09/12/2013 at 10:20 AM
Nothing will be enough for these people until they have complete power so that they can fleece the country, Thai people have to wake up and realize that these protest leaders have their interest ahead of the actual Thais,they are being blindsided by them and they are losing what little choice they had in their democracy, it is a shame that they will probably get away with it.
Discussion 39 : 09/12/2013 at 10:16 AM
Although this is unlike to satisfiy Suthep, it could defuse the tense political standoff and support for his movement.
Discussion 40 : 09/12/2013 at 10:14 AM
Before any election is held, the electoral map needs to be redrawn. Having 1 region (Isaan) dictate to the rest of the country who will be elected is undemocratic. By the current allocation of representation, southern Thailand is all but disenfranchised. As far as the DP is concerned, they have indeed shot themselves in the foot. There needs to be a new party formed, perhaps by someone like Chuan Leekpai, who wisely has stayed above the fray and has remained the only honorable PM Thailand has had in the last 20 years.
Discussion 41 : 09/12/2013 at 10:12 AM
This is the end of the democrats. Khun Yingluck acted wisely. The Shinawatras will win again.
Discussion 42 : 09/12/2013 at 10:12 AM
The people and not some tin-pot would be dictator dressed in the clothes of democracy will decide who will be their next prime minister.
Discussion 43 : 09/12/2013 at 10:10 AM
Her job is only half done.........time to RESIGN in disgrace and disappear from politics as well as your family. Time for the people of Thailand to rule.
Discussion 44 : 09/12/2013 at 10:10 AM
@Chumphon. Is there some part of Thai law that I'm not aware of?
Discussion 45 : 09/12/2013 at 10:08 AM
If the Democrats once again boycott and as long as the PTP doesn't contest any of the Democrat strong ridings the 20% rule will apply to small parties only and PTP will be uninvolved.
Discussion 46 : 09/12/2013 at 10:07 AM
I suppose Suthep and his supports could choose not to vote.
Discussion 47 : 09/12/2013 at 10:06 AM
Yingluck is trying to play her last card, but I think it is too little and too late.
Discussion 48 : 09/12/2013 at 10:04 AM
Yingluck has now gone as far as the constitution allows that is to dissolve the house and seek new mandate. Now it is up to the Dem Party to made a statement that they will participate in the election and not boycott again. As for Suterp, time for you to own up and surrender to the authority and not push your unconstitutional demands and caused a bloody backlash.
Discussion 49 : 09/12/2013 at 10:04 AM
This is good.Now are real Democracy prevail in the new election..EC will not toleate "vote buying" Dont tell me PT will vote buy 15 million eligible voters(as accuse by other party) to win again...The people of Thailand is not that ignorant and am sure,theyncast their vote on whom they believe and trust in.
Discussion 50 : 09/12/2013 at 10:01 AM
Then this is great news for you- Thai people, who don't want the Thaksin family in power anymore, will finally vote against them.
Discussion 51 : 09/12/2013 at 09:53 AM
The former Opposition can at least take comfort that the infrastructure capitalisation bill is now dead and a new bill will need to be introduced in the next Parliament. And, in case anybody still really believed that it it might somehow be revived when the 180 days were over, The Amnesty Bill is now dead too. I imagine the same applies to the Bill for an elected Senate which, while it had passed both Houses, had not actually been promulgated into law. Such is the price of living with a former Opposition bent on a wholly destructive course.
Discussion 52 : 09/12/2013 at 09:51 AM
secretary-general of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee and his Dem Party will lose (again) and will they accept it?
Discussion 53 : 09/12/2013 at 09:47 AM
PTP seems IMO to be doing everything wrong. It is one thing to take a soft, non-confrontational approach. It is an altogether different thing to completely fold. There was no reason to call back the bill for a fully elected senate either. There was no insult and nothing illegal. PTP stood by this bill and should have continued to do so. Now they are beginning to appear weak. But of curse, the game is not yet over. If elections do take place the democrats will be humiliated. IF...
Discussion 54 : 09/12/2013 at 09:45 AM
Yingluck a few hours ago : "At this stage, when there are many people opposed to the government from many groups, They claimed to represent people. Therefore, the best way is to give back the power to the Thai people and hold an election". On the other hand, protesters who represent groups who didn't win elections since 20 years but invariably claim to represent the "people" refuse election and intend that the country is governed by a non elected "People's council" after "uproot" their opponents. Everything is said.
Discussion 55 : 09/12/2013 at 09:45 AM
Suthep, do you understand this, it means new elections within 60 days. Hardly any of DEM's that resigned can be a candidate again. That's the way you brought down the DEM party - thank you. I wish you good luck on your final day.
Discussion 56 : 09/12/2013 at 09:44 AM
Bearing in mind the trick they played in 2006, I would have hoped that the PM had asked for and been given assurances by the former Opposition that they will indeed contest a new general election. However I fear that their tactic is simply to act as a spoiler.
Discussion 57 : 09/12/2013 at 09:41 AM
The Democrats can continue protesting as the rest of the country go's to the polls They have shot themselves in the foot once again anyway.
Discussion 58 : 09/12/2013 at 09:39 AM
yingluck still doesn't understand the nation do not want her as pm anymore ,the trust has gone,your disguise reconciliation bill,was a betrayal of your status to govern,the people of Thailand don't want the influence of a family clan,they want their country back,with a fairer society without corruption,and white lies
Discussion 59 : 09/12/2013 at 09:39 AM
The only person who gains from this weak opposition is Thaksin. Even Thaksin's supporters don't gain- they'd be better off with a proper alternative that holds the government to account.

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