The Thai army on January 28 rejected the appeal made by protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban to form a special unit to safeguard protesters.

The army noted that it must also follow the emergency decree and be commanded by the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), adding any operation by the army must adhere strictly to the law.

Calling on protesters to keep calm and act peacefully, the army said it will reinforce forces to work with police in patrol areas in accordance with the emergency decree.

The Thai Government applied the decree last week. It gives the CMPO the power to order the use of force, and stipulates that the army must abide by the law.

In another development, President of the Democratic Party Abhisit Vejjajiva said the party could run for election if the February 2 scheduled election was delayed.

Speaking at a meeting with the Election Commission (EC) of Thailand and seven other parties, Abhisit said the party would like to give suggestions for the settlement of the current political conflict in Thailand .

The event took place right before the January 28 meeting between the EC President Somchai Srisuthiyakorn and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.-VNA