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Govt 'ready to retreat' The Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The Pheu Thai government appears to be retreating from its stance on backing the controversial amnesty bill, which is facing growing public opposition, while the Senate also seems to be ready to reject the bill.

Though Pheu Thai secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai repeated Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's remark that the bill's future was in the hands of the Senate, he refused to say whether or not the House of Representatives would reaffirm the bill 180 days later if it is rejected by the Senate.

However, Phumtham mentioned the earlier amnesty bill put forward by MP Worachai Hema, which did not cover protest leaders, those in authority or corruption cases.