Bangkok: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Monday announced to dissolve parliament and call an election, after sustained protests in the capital, Bangkok.
Thai PM has faced more than a month of street protests by demonstrators, sometimes numbering in their tens of thousands, who want to suspend the country’s democracy in favour of an unelected “People’s Council”.
Thai opposition lawmakers resigned en masse from parliament Sunday, deepening the crisis.
Yingluck, the sister of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, announced in a televised national address early Monday that she would dissolve parliament and hold a general election “as soon as possible”.
“The government does not want any loss of life,” she said, as demonstrators began another major street rally in the capital amid fears of fresh violence.
The election move could increase pressure on protesters to agree to some kind of compromise with the government.
But the leaders of the anti-government movement have said that they would not be satisfied with new elections, pledging to rid Thailand of the influence of Thaksin, a tycoon turned premier who was ousted by royalist generals in a coup seven years ago and now lives abroad.