Prime minister refuses to step downPrime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Tuesday dismissed calls from opposition parties to resign at a parliament session he had called to discuss months of protests demanding his departure and reforms to the monarchy.
“I will not run away from problems. I will not leave my duty by resigning at a time when the country has problems,” Mr. Prayuth, a former army ruler, told the assembly, whose entire upper house was picked by his old junta.
The protesters had given Mr. Prayuth a deadline to resign from his post, delivering him a resignation letter to sign last week. Though he revoked an emergency decree, he does not appear to be budging on larger issues.
Tens of thousands of people have protested for months, demanding changes to the constitution and checks to the monarchy’s power.
It began as a student-led revolt against the military’s influence on the classroom, and ballooned into a movement with a sweeping range of issues and supporters.
Courtesy – New York Times