The Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Kukrit Pramoj, announced on Tuesday (13 January) that he?
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Background: The Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Kukrit Pramoj, announced on Tuesday (13 January) that he is prepared to stand again for Parliament in the general elections which are to be held on 4 April. The Thai leader announced his decision in a broadcast to the nation following the announcement of the dissolution of he 269-member National Assembly.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej dissolved the multi-party Assembly on Mr. Kukrit's advice because "growing confusion as M.P.S. switched allegiances was threatening democracy itself". The National Assembly was elected just a year ago in Thailand's first democratic election for decades.
The opposition parties, whose move to bring down the Government had been gathering momentum, alleged that the Prime Minister had arranged for the dissolution of the national Assembly in order to avoid having to relinquish office to a rival coalition alignment if he was defeated in a no-confidence vote.
The 64-year old premier told newsmen on tuesday that his government, in its capacity of a caretaker administration, would organise the elections in April. He denied newspaper reports that he had come under strong pressure from top military officers to have the Assembly dissolved because they feared a left-wing government might come to power if the Assembly voted him out of office.
Mr. Kukrit became Prime Minister last March after the collapse of a rival coalition led by his elder brother Seni, the leader of the Democrat Party. Mr. Kukrit, who is the leader of the Social Action Party, was drafted into office as a mean who would be generally accepted by all sections of Thai society and politics.