Won’t resign if Thais reject draft constitution: Thai PM, Prayuth Chan-ocha , referendum , National Council for Peace and Order, Thailand Prime Minister , August 7 referendum , junta

Won’t resign if Thais reject draft constitution: Thai PM,  Prayuth Chan-ocha , referendum , National Council for Peace and Order,Thailand Prime Minister ,  August 7 referendum , junta 

Bangkok: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on June 27, he would not resign if Thais reject a military-backed draft constitution when they vote in a referendum in August.

Prayuth heads the ruling junta, or National Council for Peace and Order, that came to power after a bloodless coup toppled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s elected government in May 2014 coup.

The military had justified the coup, saying it had acted to restore stability after months of street demonstrations in Bangkok had paralysed Yingluck’s government.

“I won’t resign. I am the one who lays out the rules for this country,” Prayuth told reporters at Bangkok’s Government House, insisting Thais should not compare him to British Prime Minister David Cameron who announced his resignation last week after Britain voted in a referendum to quit the EU.

The August 7 referendum will be the first national vote in Thailand since the coup and should provide a test of the junta’s popularity, experts said.

Philippines president-elect encourages public to kill drug dealers, Philippine, Rodrigo Duterte, Filipino, drug dealers

Philippines president-elect encourages public to kill drug dealers, Philippine,  Rodrigo Duterte, Filipino, drug dealers

The Philippine president-elect has encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime, urging citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back in their neighborhoods.

In a nationally televised speech late Saturday, Rodrigo Duterte told a huge crowd in the southern city of Davao celebrating last month’s presidential victory that Filipinos who help him battle crime will be rewarded.

“Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support,” Duterte said, warning of an extensive illegal drug trade that involves even the country’s police.

If a drug dealer resists arrest or refuses to be brought to a police station and threatens a citizen with a gun or a knife, “you can kill him,” Duterte said. “Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal.”

The 71-year-old Duterte won the May 9 presidential election on a bold promise to end crime and corruption within six months of his presidency. That vow resonated among crime-weary Filipinos, though police officials considered it campaign rhetoric that was impossible to accomplish.


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