Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha dismissed calls from opposition parties to resign during a special two-day session of parliament he had called to discuss months of protests demanding his departure and reforms to the powerful monarchy. “I will not run away from problems. I will not leave my duty by resigning at a time when the country has problems,” Al Jazeera quotes the former army ruler as telling the assembly on Tuesday. This, as protests have brought tens of thousands of people onto the streets since mid-July in the biggest challenge in years to an establishment that has long been dominated by military men close to the Royal Palace.