Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved the lower house of Parliament and called for elections in an attempt to calm the country's deepening political crisis.
Ms Yingluck's announcement came as thousands of anti-government protesters vowed to march through Bangkok in a "final showdown" against her government.
She said: "There will be new elections according to the democratic system", but did not set a date.
"After listening to opinions from all sides, I have decided to request a royal decree to dissolve parliament," Ms Yingluck said in a televised statement. "There will be new elections according to the democratic system."