Amidst protests, Thai Prime Minister dissolves parliament and calls for elections


Over 150,000 protesters have continued their effort to overthrow Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and replace her with what they call a “people’s council.” Suthep Thaugsuban, a protest leader, said that citizens cannot allow the government “to betray the people, to destroy the balance of democratic power.”

However, as attempts to remove Shinawatra continue to fail, the Prime Minister announced on Monday that she will dissolve parliament and hold new elections.

“After listening to opinions from all sides, I have decided to request a royal decree to dissolve Parliament,” said Yingluck. “There will be new elections according to the democratic system.”

It is unlikely that citizens will halt their protests though. “We will keep on protesting because we want her family to leave this country,” said Boonlue Mansiri, one of the citizens who joined the protest march to Yingluck’s office.


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