Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has declared again that she will not step down and quit Parliament, Deputy PM, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on December 6.

Surapong, who is now in charge of the government‘s Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), added it will require an open referendum pitting the PM against veteran opposition politician Suthep Thaugsuban to settle the current turmoil.

The forum is recognised as an approach to deal with Suthep’s request for the establishment of a People’s Council to replace PM Yingluck and her cabinet.

According to Suthep, a People’s Council can be formed under Articles 3 and 7 of the Constitution when a political vacuum is created from dissolving the Parliament and the PM’s resignation.

Anti-government rally leader Suthep has set December 9 as the day for action.

So far, Thailand ’s Law Society association has called for the dissolution of the Constitution Court so that the People’s Democratic Reform Committee led by Suthep stops its protests.

During several meetings between the two sides organised by military forces, the government and opposition remain at loggerheads.-VNA