Thai PM refuses to resign
Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has vowed in a live radio broadcast that he will not resign.world Updated: Sep 04, 2008 09:12 IST
Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has vowed in a live radio broadcast that he will not resign.
Samak said today he will not bow to the demands of anti-government protesters and will stay in office to "protect democracy."
"I am not resigning," Samak said in a radio broadcast, which had fueled speculation that he was about to step down.
Samak imposed a state of emergency in Bangkok on Tuesday after bloody rioting between his supporters and opponents left one person dead.
The violence heightened a national crisis that started August 26 when thousands of opponents of Samak occupied the grounds of his office and refused to move until he resigned.