Government says debate has moved beyond Prayut; his resignation will not solve problems

The resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha will not solve the current social and political conflict, the Office of the Prime Minister said on Monday. 

Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a representative at the PMO, defended the current government after former Pheu Thai leader Sudarat Keyuraphan and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva called for Prayut to resign to lower the rising political tension.

“I understand that Khunying Sudarat might have a small chance of becoming the next PM if General Prayut resign which is why she is supporting the demand from the mob,” Thanakorn said.

“General Prayut is not the center of the problems bu he is here to fix the country’s problems,” he said. “Even if General Prayut resigns, the problems will not be resolved.”

Thanakorn said the pro-democracy protestors’ demands have gone beyond the government and is touching upon the monarchy. He called calls to reform the institution, “unacceptable.”

He asked for the protestors to stand down as the government is already working to amend the constitution.

“No government in the past has resigned because of protests,” he said.

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