Thai Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ruled out an early election, following six days of protests aimed at removing her from office. She told the BBC the situation in Thailand was not calm enough for polls. She also said she would not authorise the use of force against protesters occupying government ministries.
She was speaking after demonstrators forced their way into the army headquarters in Bangkok and held a demonstration there.
Ms Yingluck has been prime minister since 2011, when her Pheu Thai party won a general election. In an interview with the BBC’s Jonathan Head on Friday, she said that if she called a new election, she was not sure the protesters would be satisfied.
“I love this country. I devote myself to this country. I need only one thing for the country: we need to protect democracy,” she said.
She said the situation in Thailand was “very sensitive” and repeated her call for negotiations to resolve the crisis.
On Thursday, Ms Yingluck called for an end to the demonstrations after surviving a no-confidence vote.
However protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has rejected her appeal.
“We will not let them work anymore,” the former senior opposition lawmaker said in a speech late on Thursday.