September 11, 2008 / 5:33 AM / 11 years ago

Thai protesters say will accept no PPP ministers

An anti-government demonstrator waves the Thai national flag near the Government House in Bangkok September 10, 2008. REUTERS/Kerek Wongsa

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Protesters occupying Thailand’s seat of government said on Thursday they would not accept any candidates from parliament’s dominant People Power Party (PPP) as a replacement for disqualified Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.

“The main principle is that Samak, who violated the constitution many times, should not become PM again,” Somsak Kosaisook, a leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), told reporters at the Government House protest site.

“No one in the PPP should become prime minister or a minister in the government,” he added, suggesting the PAD protest that has paralyzed the government and raised fears about economic growth was here to stay, despite Samak’s exit this week after a court ruling.

Reporting by Noppawan Bunluesilp, Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by Alan Raybould

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