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Yingluck dissolves House, calls for elections

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday said she already sought royal approval for House dissolution to return power to people and to solve the ongoing political conflicts.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday said she already sought royal approval for House dissolution to return power to people and to solve the ongoing political conflicts.

A national election will accordingly be held, she said. Speaking at special broadcast at 9.42am, Yingluck said her government has tried its best to settle the conflicts and to talk to anti-government protesters, who were demanding what she described as actions not allowed by the law or the constitution.

"At this stage, when there are many people opposed to the government from many groups, They claim to represent people. Therefore, the best way is to give back the power to the Thai people and hold an election.

"The Thai people will decide," she said.

The announcement came as thousands of protesters continued their march to the Government House and took place one day after opposition Democrat Party MPs resigned en masse.

She said the ongoing protests has put the country in a dilemma. She said the Cabinet will also be dissolved but its members will remain in place as the interim government with the authority to undertake the duties allowed by the law.


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