Suthep: too early to lobby for a neutral premier

national March 25, 2014 00:00

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Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said on Tuesday that he has at no time approached anyone for the position interim premiership, saying that the time is not ripe for such a move move.

He added that the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) would not join talk with the Election Commission in order to find a political solution to the ongoing problems,

Red shirts leader Nattawut Saikua recently disclosed a list of people who he claimed were candidates to be the interim premier to replace caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra in the event that she were indicted by the national antigraft agency in connection with the rice pledging scheme.
Suthep said the PDRC has never approached anyone to become an interim prime minister and the red shirt’s list of names come from their own imagination.
“We haven’t moved to that process as we have yet to remove the Thaksin regime. The prime minister must resign first and only after that will a search for a neutral premier start,” he said.
 The former deputy prime minister said the PDRC will definitely not attend any negotiations except for a facetoface talk with the prime minister broadcast live on television.
The PDRC has stressed its stand for national reform before an election, he said, adding that a new general election will be useless given voters’ poor response to the Senate’s advance election on Sunday.
The Constitution Court has annulled the February 2 election, compelling the EC to organise new balloting nationwide.

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