Thai PM says willing to resign for peace

BANGKOK, Dec. 2 (PNA/Xinhua) –Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Monday that she was ready to resign or dissolve the parliament to bring peace to the country.

But she rejected protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban’s request to return power to the people, saying it has no constitutional basis.

Yingluck told a press conference that she was willing to do everything to restore peace, but it has to be constitutional.

Suthep’s call for the establishment of a people’s council cannot be satisfied, Yingluck said, adding she did not know how to make that happen under the Constitution.

Yingluck said she would be open to talks all the time, and urged everyone to join in to find a peaceful solution to the political crisis.

On Sunday night, Suthep gave a two-day ultimatum to Yingluck to return power to the people.

Street protestors have tried since Monday morning to seize the fortified Metropolitan Police Bureau, Government House and parliament. Police tried to disperse them by firing teargas and water cannon.

Latest figures from Public Health Ministry showed political turmoil in the past two days has claimed three lives and injured 127 others. (PNA/Xinhua)