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Thai PM Dissolves Parliament to End Crisis

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Anti-government protesters march in a massive rally occupying the main roads in Bangkok on Monday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra decided to dissolve parliament in the face of mass protests, hours before thousands of protesters were to descend on Government House to overthrow what they call the 'Thaksin regime.' --EPA
Anti-government protesters march in a massive rally occupying the main roads in Bangkok on Monday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra decided to dissolve parliament in the face of mass protests, hours before thousands of protesters were to descend on Government House to overthrow what they call the ‘Thaksin regime.’ –EPA

BANGKOK, Dec 9 — Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Monday announced the dissolution of the House of Representatives.

In a televised speech, Yingluck said the date of a general election will be decided as soon as possible, Xinhua reported.

The dissolution is now awaiting royal approval.

Since the government took office in August 2011, it has been committed to addressing all sorts of crisis to promote social reconciliation, but divergence and conflicts still remain, Yingluck said.

Irrespective of government efforts, opposition parties resorted to street demonstrations rather than seeking solutions within the parliamentary system, she added.

Different political forces are still battling, each with a large number of supporters, Yingluck said, adding the country has seen too much pain.

The House is thus dissolved to return the power to the people at a critical moment, and let the people decide the way out for the nation, she said.

Yingluck said she hoped all parties would attend the coming election and the government will remain functional as a caretaker until then.

Since early morning, anti-government protesters have been gathering at different sites to march to the Government House in a final attempt to topple the government.

Protest leaders said the dissolution was not enough and demanded that the government resign after the dissolution. –IANS

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