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Thai Police Spokesman Urges Prime Minister to Step Aside


The spokesman for Thailand's national police has urged embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to resign.

Police General Archirawit Suphanaphesat told reporters today that he has sent the prime minister a personal letter urging him to step aside even if his party wins a majority in next month's elections.

The announcement comes as the state utility workers union said it will join the protests demanding the prime minister's resignation.

After a month of street protests, Mr. Thaksin vowed Monday not to resign. He dissolved parliament on February 24 and called a general election for April 2, three years ahead of schedule.

The country's three main opposition parties (Chart Thai, Democrat, Muan Chon) accuse Mr. Thaksin of corruption and criticize his family's nearly two billion-dollar, tax-free stock sale of its telecom business.

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