Thai PM: Dissolution comes after 'listening to all sides'

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.

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announces the dissolution of parliament in a televised address. Credit: APTN

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."

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Thai Prime Minister dissolves parliament amid protests

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament amid anti-government protests. She says elections will be held "as soon as possible". Protests are continuing to take place in Bangkok.