It seems that the rather vociferous public protests against Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra may have taken bite, as the No 1 politician has finally said he would consider temporarily stepping down as Thailand's prime minister.
I suspect a royal hand behind the change of Thaksin’s mind. The King of Thailand has enormous influence on the public and thus political matters as he is very much revered by the Thai people.
Mind you, Thaksin mentioned stepping down only ‘momentarily’, and did not elaborate on when, and for how long, he might step down.
Thaksin may be unpopular in Bangkok but in reality he’s quite popular among the rural folks.
I suspect the King must have not like what he saw happening in the capital and have advised Thaksin to step down until tempers have cooled.