Thai parliament to be dissolved

Thai parliament to be dissolved

Thai parliament to be dissolved

Written by Staff Writer

09 Dec, 2013 | 9:11 am

Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra says she will dissolve parliament and call an election, after sustained protests in the capital, Bangkok.

The move followed the resignation of all opposition MPs from parliament on Sunday, and a planned march on Government House on Monday. Yingluck won elections in 2011.

However the protesters allege her government is controlled by ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, and have vowed to continue the demonstrations.

The announcement came as Yingluck addressed the nation on television.

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“At this stage, when there are many people opposed to the government from many groups, the best way is to give back the power to the Thai people and hold an election,”  she said.  “So the Thai people will decide.”

No date was given for the polls but Yingluck said they would be held “as soon as possible”.

Correspondents say that elections are expected within the next 60 days.


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