Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has also called for a meeting with all sides to discuss an Electoral Commission proposal to postpone the February 2nd snap election. The move comes amid fierce anti-government protests that have paralysed parts of Bangkok since Monday. But her proposal has already been rejected by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee. Pressure is mounting on caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as protests tighten. In hopes of placating her opponents, Yingluck has decided to comprise, calling for negotiations with the opposition about postponing next month’s election.
According to the Thai Constitution, an election should be held within 60 days after the dissolution of parliament. Yingluck dissolved parliament on December 9th last year.
However, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee has refused to cooperate. The anti-government group said it would not participate in any dialogue with the government.
“Even if the government wanted to postpone the election, it is not our appeal. We believe whether to postpone the election or not is up to the government and the Election Commission. They should make a decision after discussions,” Akanut Prompan, spokesman of People’s Democratic Reform Committee, said.