The government and the prime minister have no authority to withdraw the amnesty bill from parliament, deputy government spokeswoman Sunisa Lertphakawat said on Wednesday.
Lt Sunisa was responding to a demand by Democrat MP for Surat Thani Suthep Thaugsuban that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra order the withdrawal of the controversial bill from the House of Representatives to avoid political turmoil.
She said Mr Suthep’s demand is not possible because the government and the prime minister are not in a position to do so.
The amnesty bill was proposed by MPs and therefore the legislation rests with the decision of the House meeting of MPs from all political parties, she added.
The government spokeswoman said Mr Suthep should stop trying to damage the government and the premier’s image by dragging them into this matter.
Mr Suthep knew well that the government and Ms Yingluck could not interfere with legislation being debated by the parliament, she said.
Lt Sunisa asked any parties planning violent protests against the amnesty bill to think twice. Violence is not the solution to the problem and would cause severe damage to the country.
The opposition has the constitutional right of expression and gathering to rally against the blanket amnesty bill, but such activity must remain within the law and be without violence, she said.
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