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Yingluck seeks explanations

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called on relevant ministers to explain the International Court of Justice's judgement on the promontory of the Preah Vihear Temple as well as related political issues at a joint session of the House and Senate today, deputy government spokeswoman Sunisa Lertpakawat said.

The government is expected to outline key points of the judgement and solicit opinions from lawmakers in order to map out the next move, she said.

Yingluck has also called on her Cabinet to brace for a censure debate, which is likely to take place before the House goes into recess on November 29.

EC to set by-election date after 9 MPs quit

The Election Commission will convene today to set a by-election date after nine Democrat MPs resigned so as to lead the anti-government protest, commissioner Sodsri Satayathum said yesterday.

The EC will submit the date to the Cabinet and it will later be announced in the Royal Gazette, she said, adding that it was customary to hold by-elections 45 days after MPs resign. Sodsri said the budget allocated for the by-election would be at least Bt80 million, since eight of the nine MPs had constituencies.

Chamlong lauds Democrat MPs for stepping down

Chamlong Srimuang, the former leader of the yellow-shirt People's Alliance for Democracy, said Suthep Thaugsuban and the other eight Democrat MPs were correct in vacating their House seats. "In fact, I think all Democrats should resign and join protests," he said.

Chamlong yesterday led 2,000 members of the People's Army to Overthrow the Thaksin Regime, which included Santi Asoke members, on a march from the Phan Fa Lilat Bridge to the Office of HM's Principal Private Secretary to file a petition requesting a royally sponsored people's reform council.

NSC chief sees rallies weakening

National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabutr said he expected the rallies to weaken now that the Senate had rejected the bill.

"The government has clearly said it will not renew the push for amnesty, therefore this anti-amnesty sentiment should dissipate," he said.

As for the resignation of the Democrats, he said it was a tactical move to shield the party from risking dissolution. He said he was waiting to see if people would rally behind the call for a general strike from today to Friday.

The Senate on Monday night voted 141-0 to reject the amnesty bill.

Legal action against Suthep, Abhisit to go ahead

Public prosecutors have confirmed that legal action against Suthep Thaugsuban and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva would continue as planned. Neither the street protests nor Suthep's resignation from the legislature would have any bearing on prosecution related to the 2010 political mayhem, prosecution spokesman Nantasak Poonsuk said.


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