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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Calls to end crisis

The Nation/ANN | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban called on the public to mount pressure on the Upper House to appoint an unelected prime minister as soon as possible.

Calls grew yesterday for a peaceful solution to the ongoing political stalemate, as the Senate continued its discussion aimed at finding a way out of the crisis.

The moves came as anti-government leader Suthep Thaugsuban, speaking inside Government House, called on the public to mount pressure on the Upper House to appoint an unelected prime minister as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the pro-government red shirts now gathering in an area adjacent to Bangkok yesterday voiced strong opposition to any attempt to bring in an "unlawful" prime minister.

A group of prominent scholars and peace advocates yesterday urged the rival political camps to jointly select an interim, non-partisan deputy prime minister to replace the current acting PM, Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan, so that the country could move forward with reforms and successfully hold a general election.

The group called on both sides to establish common grounds and step aside from a conflict that could plunge the country into civil strife.

They proposed that both sides agree on three grounds - find a way out within the Constitution's scope; have a non-partisan person run the government at this critical juncture; and have an agreement to ensure that all sides will join forces for national reforms.

Acting Senate Speaker Surachai Liengboonlertchai yesterday urged all social elements to help find a solution for the country if they did not want Article 7 of the Constitution to be invoked as a last resort.

Anti-government protesters have called on the Senate Speaker to nominate a new prime minister for royal endorsement under the constitutional provision.

Senators yesterday continued their discussion for the second day to find a way out for the country, and appointing an unelected PM was an option.

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