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Thai opposition Democrat MPs to resign en masse

English.news.cn   2013-12-08 19:18:08            

BANGKOK, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Thai opposition Democrat Party's members of parliament on Sunday resolved to resign en masse to join the anti-government rally.

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalsut said the party reached a unanimous decision to have all its MPs resign on Monday so that they could practically join protestors in a final showdown with the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Democrat Party leader and former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva said the Yingluck government is no longer "justified" to run the country and the Democrats will join Monday's final bid to eradicate the so-called "Thaksin regime" .

Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who is living in exile after being ousted in a 2006 coup, allegedly has influence on his sister Yingluck.

Earlier on Nov. 11, nine Democrat MPs, including former vice premier Suthep Thaugsuban, resigned from the parliament to lead street protests.

Suthep is now secretary-general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, an alliance of various anti-government groups.

Ahead of the final showdown, the police have started to erect barricades around major government buildings to deter protestors from occupying them.


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BANGKOK, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra offered on Sunday to dissolve parliament and hold a referendum on the making of an unelected government in the face of persisted anti-government protests in the Thai capital.

In a statement broadcast by major TV channels, Yingluck said she might dissolve the House of Representatives and call a snap election within 60 days as well as hold the referendum regarding the demand of the anti-government protestors led by former deputy premier Suthep Thaugsuban. Full story

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BANGKOK, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Friday evening called on people from across the nation to join a massive rally on Dec. 9, which he said would be "the final showdown with the government."

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Editor: Shen Qing
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