I will not accept post of premier in the next government : Thaksin
Caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced on Tuesday that he will not take the premiership in the next government.
He said his decision is aimed at restoring unity in the country and that the country is celebrating HM the King's 60th anniversary on the throne.
His abrupt announcement came after he was granted an audience with HM the King at Hua Hin palace in the afternoon.
On television Monday night, Thaksin said he saw no reason to resign since results showed that his party had won 16 million votes - enough for a victory but down from the sweeping mandate of 19 million votes his party received last year.
He apologised to the 16 million people who voted for him and his Thai Rak Thai Party in last Sunday's election.
"My main reason for not accepting the post of prime minister is because this year is an auspicious year for the king, whose 60th anniversary on the throne is just 60 days away," Thaksin said in a nationally televised press conference.
"I want all Thais to reunite," he said,"we have no time to quarrel. I want to see Thai people unite and forget what has happened, he said.
However he said he would remain in the position of caretaker prime minister until Parliament selects the new prime minister.
"I will remain a member of parliament and the Thai Rak Thai party leader."
Thaksin and his family who were at the Government House were all in tears after he made the announcement.
Weeping Khunying Pojaman, Thaksin's wife, had to try to comfort tearful Thaksin.
Some cabinet members, including caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Suriya Juengrungruengkit, former PM's Office Minister Suranand Vejjajiva and former Government spokesman Surapong Suebwonglee, were seen heavily crying.
The Shinawatra family left the Government House in a car driven by Thaksin himself.