No talks with Samak Government : Chamlong

After achieving in leading protesters to surround the Government House on Friday, People's Alliance for Democracy Chamlong Srimuang insisted that the PAD will hold no talks with the government.

"We insist our earlier demands that the entire Cabinet members resign immediately for the government to cancel the plan to amend the Constitution," he said on Saturday.

The PAD would not demand the coalition partners to resign because the PAD no longer placed any hope on the coalition partners of the People Power Party.

Chamlong the PAD would continue to protest and surround in front of Government House with no schedule for ending the protest.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej left his home at 4 am Saturday and went to a "safe house" to avoid reporters, a well-informed source said.

Reporters, who stake out outside Samak's house on Soi Navamin 81, were told by workers in the house at 6 am that the prime minister was not at home.

The source said Samak was scheduled to attend a concert of the Sundararbhorn band on Soi Aree in Saphan Kwai area in the afternoon.

Earlier reports mentioned that Besieged Samak Sundaravej suffered another severe political blow this evening when Parliament formally accepted the opposition's censure motion, practically preventing him from seeking a "graceful" way-out through a House dissolution.

The Democrats' censure motion, which was submitted to Parliament authorities earlier this week, was formally put on the House of Representatives' agenda, thus ending all doubts about validity of the motion.

The Constitution states that the House cannot be dissolved once a censure motion has been submitted. There had been debate, however, over whether the process of submitting the Democrats' motion had been completed without it being put on the House's agenda.

Now that Samak cannot dissolve the House, he has only two options as political pressure mounts _ he can try to hang on to his post with unpredictable consequences or he has to resign.

But Samak is looking increasingly isolated. And the fact that the Democrats' motion was put on the House agenda at a time when street protests were intensifying raised a big question whether his allies in the coalition government have turned against him or involved in some kind of a conspiracy against him.

House dissolution had always been Samak's trump card, his only weapon that kept both enemies and suspicious allies at arm's length. Now that he could no longer wield this weapon, his position now looked more precarious than ever.

The Nation