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Caretaker PM pleads for sympathy; PDRC calls on her to resign

Caretaker Premier Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday asked for sympathy from the public, saying the government has good intentions in its work.

She said her government did not want to see any exploitation for political gain. She made the statement one day after the Constitutional Court ruled unanimously that her government’s Bt2 trillion loan bill is unconstitutional.

The Court reasoned that that the whole drafting process at its core is unlawful. The judges also ruled 6:2 that the bill was unlawful because some lawmakers voted on behalf of others who were absent from the parliamentary session.

Yingluck is ready to follow the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the Bt2 trillion infrastructure development projects.

After the ruling, the antigovernment movement demanded that she take personal responsibility for the case.

The caretaker premier said she is ready to follow the court’s decision but will have to look through the details of the ruling. She was speaking during an official visit in northeastern province of Khon Kaen on Thursday.

Caretaker Deputy Premier Pongthep Thepkanchana and caretaker PM’s Office Minister Varathep Rattanakorn will oversee the legal matters before informing the public of the government’s next move.

Following the move of the opposition Democrat Party to impeach the cabinet, Yingluck said society will not be peaceful if the Democrats still use the law to attack the opposite side every day.

Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) urged the caretaker premier to take responsibility following the court’s ruling by resigning from her post.

PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan said that Yingluck’s resignation would push the country forward, adding that leaders of other countries usually resign from their post when a financialrelated law fails to gain approval.

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