Yingluck cancels 3 overseas trips

Yingluck cancels 3 overseas trips

The prime minister has been so concerned about the political crisis she has cancelled another overseas trip scheduled later this month.

The move came with the resumption of confrontation between the government and protesters led by veteran politician Suthep Thaugsuban, who yesterday announced a plan to seize control of more government offices today and tomorrow, plus a nationwide mass rally against the government on Monday.

Government spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi said yesterday that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has cancelled her official visit to Russia scheduled for tomorrow and Monday.

She has also cancelled a visit to Myanmar to attend the opening ceremony of the SEA Games next Wednesday. A Cabinet minister would be assigned to take part on her behalf, he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Premier Niwatthumrong Boonsongpaisan has been assigned to attend an ASEAN-Japan meeting in Tokyo on December 12-15 in the prime minister's place, Teerat said.

Yingluck earlier postponed a trip to Singapore scheduled for November 26-27.

Suthep, who resigned as an opposition Democrat Party MP shortly after joining the anti-government rally, told China's CCTV yesterday the protesters planned to seize control of more government offices today and tomorrow.

A nationwide mass rally was also planned for Monday, he said.

"Our fight takes time because we opt for a peaceful and non-violent fight. Also, we need a large number of people to pressure the government," he said. "If the government does not want to step down, the people will have to continue fighting until they give up and go."

National Security Council secretary general Paradorn Pattanatabut said yesterday the anti-government rally was "on a downtrend" and he expected it to "fizzle out" soon. And as the street protest had become violent and dragged on, many affected people were increasingly dissatisfied.

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