Thai protest leader wants 12 months to push through reforms




 
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Thai protest leader wants 12 months to push through reforms
 
December 13th, 2013  
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Thai protest leader wants 12 months to push through reforms
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - The leader of a protest group trying to overthrow Thailand's government said on Friday the prime minister should either step down or be forced out, and his movement would then need around a year to push through reforms. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called an early election for February 2 in an attempt to end the street protests but Suthep Thaugsuban, a veteran lawmaker who resigned from parliament to lead the movement, has rejected the move. Knowing that allies of Yingluck's brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, would probably win any election, he wants an unelected "people's council" to run the country. "Instead of issuing laws that benefit the people ... they have used the parliamentary system in the wrong way to help just one group of people, ... to wash the guilt of Thaksin Shinawatra," Suthep said on Friday, referring to a political amnesty bill that acted as a catalyst for the current crisis.




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