Bangkok, Thailand — Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has instructed the ruling Pheu Thai Party to cling on to power in the hope the anti-government amnesty bill protests will soon die down, said a Pheu Thai source on Monday.
The source said Thaksin, who many believe is pulling the strings behind the ruling party, disagreed with the idea for his sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, to dissolve the House of Representatives or to resign as prime minister, according to a report by The Nation.
The source said Thaksin believed the protests would fizzle out soon after “the funds run out” and the Senate rejects the government-backed amnesty bill.
He wanted Pheu Thai MPs to help retain the government’s status-quo.
Pheu Thai politicians presented various possible solutions to the ongoing political crisis to Thaksin, including House dissolution and the PM’s resignation, but Thaksin rejected those proposals, said the source.