Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Thai stand off may be over

The Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has just gone on Thai TV and announced that he will not take the premiership in the next government.

He said his decision was aimed at restoring unity in the country.

He apologised to the 16 million people who voted for him in the election on Sunday.

He will however remain in the position as caretaker Prime Minister until the Parliament is able to select a new prime minister.

This should allow the by-elections to go ahead on 23rd April in the 38 unfilled constituencies and hopefully after that all 500 seats will be filled.

This should allow a new Prime Minister to be selected following which discussions on reform can begin.

Opposition parties appear to have agreed to stop their protests and have agreed to take part in the next set of elections following reform.

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