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Thailand braves jittery weekend as Suthep renews push for unelected government 

Published on May 10, 2014 7:46 PM
Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban speaks to his supporters after a news conference outside the Government House in Bangkok on May 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

THAILAND's opposition protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Saturday calls for a new interim government to be appointed by the newly convened Senate, the Election Commission and senior judges, as thousands of pro-government red shirts gather in the capital to denounce his calls.

Reading out a statement amid a throng of many hundreds under a covered tent outside Government House - the seat of the prime minister abandoned several weeks ago in the face of street protests - Mr Suthep told his supporters again that the government had lost its authority.  

The People's Democratic Reform Committee (Pdrc) leader said the new caretaker prime minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan, appointed by the ruling Puea Thai party after Ms Yingluck Shinawatra was disqualified by a court last Wednesday, did not have the authority to submit the request for a Royal Decree calling for an election on July 20.  

He renewed his push for the Senate to propose a new prime minister by Monday - the end of a 72-hour deadline he had proposed on Friday night. He also insisted that reforms must be achieved before people could return to the polls.

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