The caretaker government of Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra continues to maintain its fragile grip on power two weeks after a general election failed to yield sufficient parliamentarians to enable the formation of a new government in Southeast Asia’s second largest economy. The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) and the Dhamma Army continue to protest daily in the streets of the capital, Bangkok.
In ramping up the pressure against the government PDRC secretary general and 30-year career Democrat Party politician Suthep Thaugsuban has abandoned his street walks, instead asking the public to loan him their vehicles so that they can “hunt her [Ms Shinawatra] down until she can’t take it any longer”.
The failure of some of the ruling Pheu Thai Party’s (PTPs) first-term key election policies is increasing pressure on the caretaker government’s flimsy grasp on power with sections of its own grass-roots supporter base, the country’s one million rice farmers, now also protesting against over some Bt130 billion (about US$ 4 billion) said to be due for rice sold to the government under the Thailand rice pledging scheme.
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