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'I have done the best I could', Thai PM tells coalition partners
Publication Date : 10-12-2013
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra finally decided to dissolve the House yesterday morning before demonstrators at all rally sites marched to Government House.
A key member of Pheu Thai said: "Some key Cabinet members confirmed [her decision] early yesterday morning by phone while they were checking the report [seeking royal approval for a House dissolution]."
Although the premier did not inform the coalition partners herself, she was quoted as telling her allies that she "had done the best that she could", the source said.
Thaksin calls his sister
He said the former premier Thaksin, who is believed to be pulling the strings behind Pheu Thai Party, spoke to his sister Yingluck by phone on at least two occasions - on Saturday night and Sunday night - to prepare for House dissolution.
"When Yingluck offered House dissolution and a public referendum to the protest leader [Suthep Thaugsuban on his call for a people's council] on Sunday, Pheu Thai leaders believed that they would take advantage of this fight - if 152 Democrat MPs, led by Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, had not resigned in the afternoon," the source said.
The mass resignation by all Democrat MPs on Sunday put pressure on the government.
Yingluck's aides needed to check the stance of her coalition partners. That was also why key Pheu Thai members, led by former premier Somchai Wongsawat, met in a closed-door meeting with coalition parties in the evening.
A junior coalition party leader said they guessed the political situation was "D-Day" for people fighting against the "Thaksin regime".
No one asked about House dissolution.
"Yingluck made the final decision after meeting coalition parties. She had her political aides find out how four coalition party leaders would react if she dissolved the House. Some party leaders said this was a matter for the prime minister.
"It depended on Yingluck. However, remember that this was not enough to satisfy the protesters," the source said.
Another of Thaksin's close aides said he had never seen Thaksin lose. If the former PM felt like he may lose, he must turn to start a new game.
The source said he had no idea why Yingluck had decided to dissolve the House on "battle day".
"I think that the government needs to do several things before calling a House dissolution. If Yingluck's government had more patience than protesters, it would mean winning."
He said Yingluck decided to step back because she may have wanted to play safe on "battle day".
She also avoided losses such as losing the democratic system.
"Now, the biggest problem is how will the government continue now that the prime minister has stepped back," he said.