Yingluck wants December be ‘month of happiness’

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yingluckEmbattled Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has voiced her relief over the easing of protests in the capital Bangkok, saying that she would like December to be the month of happiness for Thais when they celebrate the King’s birthday on December 5. She added in a special TV address in the early evening of December 3 that she would like “Thais to be united during the time of celebration for His Majesty”.

Yingluck also called on the media “to focus on reports about festive activities and His Majesty’s activities as part of the celebration”. She said the media should be “constructive and avoid presenting news that would fan hatred among the people”.

The anti-government protestors, although a truce has been negotiated for the King’s birthday celebrations, were not impressed and reiterated that the prime minister not only had to step down and dissolve parliament but also leave the country with her whole family. Protest leaders said that street marches will commence after the King’s birthday to reach this final goal and set up a people’s committee as a governing body.

Seemingly in order to prepare such a committee, Yingluck on December 3 invited academics, businessmen and protesters “from all walks of life” to join a reform forum to bring about political reform.

In another move, representatives of the private sector in Thailand have united to voice concerns on the negative consequences of the unrest on the nation and the economy. Seven business organisations issued a joint statement calling for all parties to seek peaceful and democratic solutions, as they are fearing deepening social divisions and long-term impacts on the economy. The statement came after rating agency Moody’s Investors Service warned of negative impacts on the 2014 economic outlook and a credit rating downgrade for Thailand.

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Embattled Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has voiced her relief over the easing of protests in the capital Bangkok, saying that she would like December to be the month of happiness for Thais when they celebrate the King’s birthday on December 5. She added in a special TV address in the early evening of December 3 that she would like “Thais to be united during the time of celebration for His Majesty”.

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yingluckEmbattled Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has voiced her relief over the easing of protests in the capital Bangkok, saying that she would like December to be the month of happiness for Thais when they celebrate the King’s birthday on December 5. She added in a special TV address in the early evening of December 3 that she would like “Thais to be united during the time of celebration for His Majesty”.

Yingluck also called on the media “to focus on reports about festive activities and His Majesty’s activities as part of the celebration”. She said the media should be “constructive and avoid presenting news that would fan hatred among the people”.

The anti-government protestors, although a truce has been negotiated for the King’s birthday celebrations, were not impressed and reiterated that the prime minister not only had to step down and dissolve parliament but also leave the country with her whole family. Protest leaders said that street marches will commence after the King’s birthday to reach this final goal and set up a people’s committee as a governing body.

Seemingly in order to prepare such a committee, Yingluck on December 3 invited academics, businessmen and protesters “from all walks of life” to join a reform forum to bring about political reform.

In another move, representatives of the private sector in Thailand have united to voice concerns on the negative consequences of the unrest on the nation and the economy. Seven business organisations issued a joint statement calling for all parties to seek peaceful and democratic solutions, as they are fearing deepening social divisions and long-term impacts on the economy. The statement came after rating agency Moody’s Investors Service warned of negative impacts on the 2014 economic outlook and a credit rating downgrade for Thailand.

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