Thailand's prime minister rules out resigning

October 13, 2008 03:16

Thailand's embattled prime minister dismissed calls for his resignation Sunday, saying that stepping down would not resolve the country's deepening political crisis. Anti-government protesters have demanded that Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat resign to take responsibility for violent clashes last Tuesday between protesters and riot police that killed three people and wounded nearly 500 protesters. It was the worst political violence in Thailand in over a decade. "Many groups in society are calling for me to resign or dissolve the Parliament," Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat said in a nationally televised address. "I am not attached to my position," he said. "However, I am not confident that is the right solution." The clashes turned violent after police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who were trying to block Parliament to keep Somchai from delivering his first policy statement to lawmakers. Somchai was sworn in Sept. 25.

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