Thai Prime Minister dissolves parliament and calls elections
Monday, December 9, 2013
Earlier today, Thailand's formally dissolved the and called for new elections. The new elections are scheduled to take place on February 2 of next year. According to , it is unclear if Shinawatra will be her party's choice to as a candidate in the elections.
Yesterday, the 150 member strong, the country's main opposition party, said they would resign en masse because they were unable to work with the current government.
Earlier today, a protest with estimated 100,000 to 150,000 people participating promised to storm Abhisit Vejjajiva told CNN, "I think the best way for the Prime Minister to show responsibility is by returning power to the people". He, other opposition leaders, and demonstrators want an unelected "people's council."where Shinawatra's office is located. The protest included all members of the parliament's opposition parties. Leader
The country has had several weeks of protests leading up to Shinawatra's decision. Five people died in one protest on November 30. Demonstrators have connected Shinawatra with her brother and former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaskin currently lives abroad and has not returned home because of a corruption conviction that could result in a two-year prison sentence. Shinawatra's party had tried and failed to pass legislation granting amnesty to Thaksin.
- Kocha Olarn. "Amid protests, Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves parliament" — , December 9, 2013
- "Thai PM Yingluck dissolves parliament and calls election" — , December 9, 2013