Thai PM rules out resigning as protesters move to oust him




 
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May 19th, 2014  
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Topic: Thai PM rules out resigning as protesters move to oust him


By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's acting prime minister on Monday ruled out resigning as a way out of a protracted political crisis that is stunting economic growth, as anti-government protesters stepped up pressure to remove him and install a new administration. Thailand is stuck in political limbo following the dismissal of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine of her ministers on May 7 after a court found them guilty of abuse of power. Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan has replaced Yingluck as caretaker prime minister, but the anti-government protesters say he has no legal standing and they want a "neutral" government to push through reforms. Thailand has not had a functioning lower house of parliament since Yingluck dissolved parliament in December.




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