Prayut said he will consider bringing parliament back early, defends government actions as ‘protecting the monarchy’

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said on Monday that he would support an early reconvening of parliament to help solve the current political crisis.

The prime minister said his government must take steps to protect the monarchy.

His comments come after five days of nation-wide rallies against his administration and the government’s use of force against peaceful and unarmed student-protesters.

Prayut said that while he supported bringing parliament back early, he insisted the government was not under any pressure.

“We support the reconvening of the parliament so that facts can be spoken instead of letting one side to lower the tensions as much as possible,” he added.

Opposition parties have since called for Chuan Leekpai, the house speaker, to reconvene the parliament to address the current crisis. As it stands parliament is not due to open until November 1.

The house speaker has called for a meeting with opposition parties and senators today to talk about the emergency reconvening of the parliament to hear the urgent issues surrounding the current political crisis.

The PM said he would propose the reconvening to the cabinet on Tuesday.

PM Prayut also said that the government is not looking to expand the Declaration of a Serious Emergency Situation in Bangkok to other areas or or impose a curfew but he urged for protestors to follow the law and to not destroy public properties.

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