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Published: Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 10:35:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 11:28:30 AM

Thai PM says to dissolve parliament, protesters vow to keep fighting

A Thai anti-government protester shouts slogans against the government as he walks on police barricade in front of the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand.

A Thai anti-government protester shouts slogans against the government as he walks on police barricade in front of the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand.

BANGKOK (Reuters): Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Monday she would dissolve parliament and hold an election "as soon as possible" following a wave of anti-government protests in Bangkok.

"At this stage, when there are many people opposed to the government from many groups, the best way is to give back the power to the Thai people and hold an election. So the Thai people will decide," Yingluck said in a televised address as thousands of protesters resumed demonstrations across Bangkok.

Meanwhile, anti-government protesters vowed to keep up their fight to overthrow Yingluck despite her decision to call an election to try to end the kingdom's political crisis, AFP reported.

The demonstrators want to suspend democracy in favour of an unelected "People's Council" and curb the influence of Yingluck's brother Thaksin, a tycoon turned premier who was ousted by royalist generals in a coup seven years ago.

"The movement will keep on fighting. Our goal is to uproot the Thaksin regime. Although the House is dissolved and there will be new elections, the Thaksin regime is still in place," rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban said.

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