House will remain despite mass resignation: Thai Deputy House Speaker

House will remain despite mass resignation: Thai Deputy House Speaker
File photo of Thai opposition leaders Suthep Thaugsuban (centre) and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (left) clinch their fists as they appear on stage during a rally at Democracy Monument in Bangkok

THAILAND - Deputy House Speaker Charoen Chankomon said Sunday the House still exists despite the resignation of Democrat Party's 152 MPs.

The Opposition remains, with members of Bhum Jai Thai Party and others, he said.

He viewed this as additional pressure on the government. He also noted that the Yingluck government has opened doors for negotiation but protesters' demand for the People's Assembly is unlawful.

Protesters, attacking the government's legitimacy, have to ask themselves if they maintain the legitimacy, he said.

On his Facebook, Pheu Thai's partylist MP Noppadon Pattama said he was not surprised with the Democrat Party's resolution. He said the party in 2005 boycotted the national election, which led to political conflicts and a coup in the following year, despite vows to preserve the parliament system.

"The Democrats must take responsibility for their own action. Pheu Thai will further nurture the parliament system and fight under the democratic rule. We won't let a group of people or a political party take Thailand and the democratic regime as a hostage," he said.


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