- Title: THAILAND: Thaksin to quit as Thai PM when parliament meets
- Date: 4th April 2006
- Summary: (W3) BANGKOK, THAILAND (RECENT - FEBRUARY 25, 2006) (REUTERS) NEWSPAPER HEADLINES ON THAKSIN CALLING SNAP ELECTIONS (3 SHOTS)
- Embargoed: 19th April 2006 13:00
- Location: Thailand
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: Domestic Politics
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- Story Text: Embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said on Tuesday (April 4) he will step aside when parliament meets following last weekend's general election.
"My dear brothers, I have to apologise that I will not be able to act at Premiere when Parliament is opened within 30 days," he said in a nationally televised address.
He did not name a successor.
However, it is not certain when parliament will convene as Sunday's election left 38 constituencies without winners because uncontested candidates did not get the 20 percent of the eligible vote required to take the seat.
The constitution says parliament cannot convene until all seats are filled and many of the vacant seats are in the strongholds of opposition parties that boycotted the election.
Leaders of a street campaign against Thaksin, whom they accuse of corruption and abuse of power, had said they would call off their protests as soon as Thaksin announced his resignation.
Thaksin appeared to have bowed to those demands, in large part to avoid spoiling national celebrations on June 12 and 13 to mark 60 years on the throne for revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
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