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Thai PM Plans First Rally Ahead of Snap Elections


Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has begun his campaign to keep his job, saying he will hold his first rally Friday in the runup to snap elections set for April 2.

The Thai leader said Wednesday his rally will take place at Sanam Luang field, near the royal palace. Mr. Thaksin's event comes just two days ahead of the next major protest against him, scheduled to take place on the same field.

Mr. Thaksin is facing mounting pressure to resign over allegations of corruption and his family's nearly two billion-dollar, tax-free stock sale of its telecom business.

In an effort to silence his critics, the prime minister dissolved parliament last Friday and announced the snap elections. His party is expected to win the vote in the upcoming election.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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