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Yingluck 'will be forced to stand down'

Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the anti-government protest, warned Friday that if Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ignores the demand for her to step down, she will be forced by "people's power" to do so.

Speaking to the media at the Royal Turf Club before noon Friday, Suthep said that with a political vacuum following her departure, a politically neutral person would be selected to become the new prime minister. And a people's council would be set up to carry out reforms, Suthep said, adding that he expected this process to take 8 to 14 months.

He told the media that after political reforms, if a party linked to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra won power again, he would accept it. But he stressed that new rules to be written as part of the reforms must ensure future elections are free and fair - with political parties really belonging to the people, and not capitalists, as at present.

Suthep and the protesters have rallied against the so-called Thaksin regime, which they blame for prevalent corruption and alleged abuse of majority rule.


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