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Accusations against Suthep, angry rice farmers and a caretaker PM who won’t step down

As the caretaker government struggle to find the money owed to the rice farmers under the price-pledge scheme, anti government leader Suthep seems to be making an alliance with farmers and even led a march in Bangkok to raise money for those who have not been paid under the crop agreement. Suthep aimed to raise ten million baht, although the government owes more than one hundred and forty billion.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban stresses a point as he addresses anti-government protesters at the occupied Government complex in BangkokMeanwhile a Pheu Thai spokeman has accused Stuthep of buying land in the southern provinces with the donation money. Mr. Prompong Nopparit says that he and his party have received information that on the 29th of January 52 rai of land was purchased in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. He found this highly suspicious as the sole authority in approving land sales in the area, ie the Department of Land was shut at the time due to the protests. He also said that the land in question boarders another piece of land owned by a “prominent Democratic politician” who he declined to name. Mr. Prompong went on to say that he would like to ask Suthep where the funds to purchase the land came from since his bank account has been frozen by the authorities.

On Friday angry rice farmers challenges Yingluck Shinawatra to a debate on the rice pledging scheme on television. So far nobody has agreed to meet them. Over a hundred of farmers from Suphanburi, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Chainat, Sraburi, Singburi and Nakhon Nayok arrived Thursday and stayed overnight at the Commerce Ministry after failing to meet minister who have authority to negotiate.
They then stayed overnight at the Commerce Ministry and vowed to stay even in months until they were paid.

Yingluck, who is now the caretaker PM has shut the option for a neutral non-elected premier on the strength of the fact that the law does not allow for a non Mp to take the helm of the government, she said the caretaker premier must stay in office after the House dissolution and until a new administration takes over the job.

YingluckShe said, “Not a single article in the law allows such a practice. In case a neutral prime minister is appointed, his power is not different from the caretaker premier.

“If (you) want a prime minister with full power, the only option is to tear up the Constitution. Whether tearing up the Constitution will be successful or not depends on the people. It’s up to the people if they want to preserve democracy but the election has shown that 20 million people exercising their voting rights to maintain democracy.”
Ms Yingluck gave assurances that the government would be responsible for overdue payments to farmers, saying that no government would ignore the problems and the people’s grievances but there are legal obstacles in assisting farmers.
Ms Yingluck gave assurances that the government would be responsible for overdue payments to farmers, saying that no government would ignore the problems and the people’s grievances but there are legal obstacles in assisting farmers.

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