Suthep rejects proposed talk on election postponement

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has rejected a proposal of the caretaker prime minister to meet and discuss the postponement of the February 2 election as proposed by the Election Commission (EC)

Ms Yingluck Shinawatra’s proposed talks with all sides, including the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) on January 15 came as the EC formally notified the prime minister to issue a royal decree to reschedule the date of the new general election, citing unpreparedness of the EC to supervise the election, notably understaff problem as well as numerous problems that would ensue if the February 2 still goes ahead.

Prime Minister’s secretary-general Suranant Vejjajiva said the caretaker prime minister has designated deputy prime minister Pongthep
Thepkanchana to invite all sides to a meeting to find a solution to the crisis.

Ms Yingluck said that if all sides taking part at the meeting, she would chair the meeting by herself, Suranant said.

At the same time, head of the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order Surapong Vichakchaikul said he might propose the EC’s proposal of election postponement to the Constitution Court to rule whether the government has power to put off the election.

PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban said Monday night that the door for talk has been closed and thus there would be no more room for negotiation with the caretaker prime minister.

He said those who wanted to mediate and to compromise should give up their minds if they expected to reach a win-win solution as the Private Sector always hoped for in doing business.

There is no win-win solution but either “win or lose” in such circumstance which the people have come out in full force with the only goal of defeating the Thaksin regime.

They came out together in mass because they were intolerable with the regime for a decade which had done so many crimes to their beloved country, he said.

There would be no talk whatsoever as they have come a long way and will not make a turn. It was a matter of win and lose, he said adding that the caretaker prime minister must step down by January 15 to pave the way for the formation of an interim government to prepare for national reform process.