Thai protest leader sets May 27 for government ouster

The People`s Democratic Reform Committee`s (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban Saturday urged millions of his supporters to join him in the "last fight" to oust the country`s caretaker government.

IANS| Last Updated: May 17, 2014, 18:06 PM IST

Bangkok: The People`s Democratic Reform Committee`s (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban Saturday urged millions of his supporters to join him in the "last fight" to oust the country`s caretaker government.

Thaugsuban said that the "last fight" would start Sunday and end May 26, the Bangkok Post reported.

Thaugsuban also said that he would stop fighting and turn himself over to the police May 27, if the 24 remaining caretaker ministers resign within this period that starts from Sunday.

"May 27 will determine our victory. If millions of people do not show up on that day, I`ll turn myself in. I`ll give up whether we win or lose. We`ve done the best we can and we`ll accept the outcome," Thaugsuban said at a meeting in the Government House in Bangkok.

His statement Saturday came after the Senate refused to appoint an interim prime minister as the PDRC had demanded.

"It`s a pity the announcement of the senators couldn`t give a specific timeframe for naming a premier. Unlike them, the people have been in this fight for a long time and they deserve to know when they will succeed," Thaugsuban added.

The PDRC will meet early Sunday with representatives of state unions to assign duties.

Another meeting will be held in the afternoon with retired civil servants and retired governors sympathetic to the cause.

The plans to push the caretaker ministers to tender their resignation will begin Monday.

The Senate Saturday did not totally ruled out the possibility of an appointed premier, but said it must involve negotiations with all sides for the final decision.

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