Chiang Mai saves the day (for politicians, at least)


Chiang Mai, Thailand (etN) – Reports from the Bangkok Post claim that the Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat went on national television at about 10pm Wednesday and insisted he will not step down, citing that his administration was democratically elected by the majority of Thai people.

After arriving from the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit in Peru by landing at Chiang Mai International Airport, Prime Minister Somchai said he had no plans to dissolve the parliament, as the committee for monitoring political developments, chaired by National Army Chief Anupong Paojinda, proposed on Wednesday afternoon.

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The premier also demanded the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) demonstrators to leave Suvarnabhumi airport and Government House because foreigners, tourists and other parties suffered the consequences, not only the government.

He vowed that his government will continue to give its utmost performance and called on the protesters to help restore normalcy in the country.

The cabinet meeting on Thursday in Chiang Mai discussed urgent measures to deal with the political crisis, the prime minister explained.

He also reminded state officials to strictly follow and abide by the laws and regulations.

Chiang Mai is the hometown of ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra
and also seems to be a safe haven for his brother-in-law, present Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat.

Furthermore, the next ASEAN Summit was recently been moved from Bangkok and is now scheduled to be held in Chiang Mai on December 15-18, 2008