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.

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Thai protest leader addresses supporters at mass rally

As night fell on the hundreds of thousands of protesters still outside government buildings in Bangkok, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban made a speech to his supporters, calling for the prime minister to step down.

Protest leader Suthep Thaungsuban speaking to anti-government protesters outside government buildings in Bangkok. Credit: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha.

Mr Thaugsuban said Yingluck Shinawatra's government corrupt and incompetent and has called for a "people's council" of appointed "good people" to replace the government. He said:

"From this minute onwards, all Thais have taken power back for the people."

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