Best solution for Thai PM to dissolve lower House in 9 months: Deputy PM

21:42, March 31, 2010      

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The Prime Minister's proposed timeframe to dissolve the lower House of parliament in nine months is the best solution, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Suthep Thuagsuban said Wednesday.

Earlier, anti-government protesters' core leader Jatuporn Prompan said the red shirts won't hold a third round of peace talks with the coalition government if its time frame to dissolve the House is unchanged.

The red shirts and the government have had the different view on the time frame for the House dissolution.

The red shirts have insisted the House can be dissolved by the Premier within 15 days and it will be the only solution to the country's ongoing political conflict.

But, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has proposed that it could be possible to dissolve the lower House by the end of this year.

Abhisit has proposed that there are three conditions, which are essential to occur before he will dissolve the lower House.

The House dissolution could be possible to occur within nine months after a draft of the 2011 fiscal budget for further boosting the economy, constitution amendment, and the poor political climate are to be settled.

Suthep said the primer's proposal is made basing on the national interest as it will also help the country's economic recovery to continue smoothly.

After the talks failed, Jatuporn said it is expected a mass rally planned on this April 3 will be prolonged until the premier decides to dissolve House.

Suthep said the red shirts can protest as long as they want if they don't disrupt state working operations.

Meanwhile, ruling Democrat Party deputy spokesman Warong Dejkijvikrom said it is possible the rally will turn violent, the National News Bureau of Thailand (ANT) under the government's Public Relations Department reported.

The prediction is based on reports that red shirts' key members, especially in the North and Northeast, were encouraging their supporters to participate in the mass.

Ten of thousands of the red shirts led by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) group have converged on Bangkok since March 12 to press the Thai Premier to dissolve the lower House of parliament and call new election.

The red-shirts' main rally site is now at the Phan Fah Bridge in the center of capital Bangkok.

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