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Thai PM Dissolves Parliament, Calls for Snap Elections

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she is dissolving parliament and will hold snap elections "as soon as possible," following more than a month of anti-government protests in the capital, Bangkok.

The Thai leader said in a televised address Monday that she will leave it up to the people to decide the future of the country.

However, opposition Democratic Party leader Suthep Thaungsuban said he will not end the demonstrations and will continue a march to Ms. Yingluck's offices. Police say tens of thousands of protesters were marching on Government House Monday.

Opposition lawmakers resigned from parliament en masse on Sunday.

Prime Minister Yingluck said Sunday that she would call the elections only if protesters seeking her overthrow accept the results. Her party says she will run in the new elections.

Opposition leaders have said they will not rest until Ms. Yingluck quits and turns over control to an unelected council.



At least four people have been killed and many wounded in recent protests. The demonstrations were triggered several weeks ago by an amnesty bill that would have allowed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return home and avoid a two-year jail term for corruption.

The Senate rejected the bill, but protests have continued.

Mr. Thaksin, Prime Minister Yingluck's billionaire brother, was ousted in a 2006 military coup.

The conflict pits Bangkok's urban middle class and royalist elite against the mostly poor, rural supporters of Ms. Yingluck and Mr. Thaksin.

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