Bangkok — Thailand’s anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban wants a royally appointed prime minister, as he spelled out what he means by a “people’s council” to run the country in a speech to his supporters last night.
He wants to invoke Section 7 of the constitution, which would result in the installation of a royally appointed prime minister, said reports.
Mr. Suthep said if and when the “Thaksin regime and this government are wiped out”, then sovereign power will be returned to the people as stipulated under Section 3 of the constitution.
He said the people’s council would select “decent people” with no connections to political parties to form an interim government under Section 7 of the constitution, to amend laws and initiate national reforms.
Once the national reforms are carried out successfully, a general election will be called and the people’s council’s role will end, said reports.
The current government has dismissed Suthep’s “people’s council” idea as unconstitutional, and therefore impossible to implement.
In 2006 Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva had proposed invoking Section 7 to install a royally appointed prime minister to end the political stalemate during mass rallies attempting to oust the Thaksin Shinawatra administration, but the idea was widely criticized as being undemocratic.
Suthep also said the fight by anti-government protesters will continue, despite the “partial victory” at Government House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau headquarters on Tuesday, until the “Thaksin influence” is uprooted from the country.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, meanwhile, invited all sectors of society to participate in a “people’s forum” to find a way out of the deadlock.
She called on the nation to unite and join in celebrating the King’s birthday on Thursday, December 5.
A meeting of leaders of the armed forces is also planned to discuss ways of solving the current conflict after the royal ceremony marking His Majesty’s birthday.