BANGKOK, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Monday night announced Article 3 of the Constitution was invoked to reclaim power from the government.
Suthep said Thai people had already regained the ruling mandate from the government by invoking Article 3.
Article 3 stipulates that the "sovereign power belongs to the Thai people. The King as Head of the State shall exercise such power through the National Assembly, the Council of Ministers and the Courts in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution. "
Surapong Tovichakchaikul, interim deputy prime minister and foreign minister, said in a televised speech that sovereign power, vested in Thais by the constitution, cannot be exercised by some random person.
Suthep also urged protestors to persist with the rally to force Yingluck Shinawatra to resign as caretaker prime minister.
He demanded the establishment of a "people's council" to perform the duties of an interim government, but he did not give specifics about how the council would be formed.
Surapong dismissed Suthep's demand as unconstitutional, saying that in accordance with the constitution, the interim government would continue to play a caretaking role until a new government is formed through a general election.
The pro-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), also known as the "Red Shirts", has decided to cancel a massive rally planned in Bangkok's neighboring province of Ayutthaya on Dec. 10.
But the UDD will stage a mass rally in the next few days if the protestors continue to compromise the country's democracy, said Jatuporn Prompan, a core leader of the UDD.