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Sunday 13 July 2014

Thai leader offers to step down

Published 08/12/2013|00:47

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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra poses for a picture during an interview with foreign media at the Government House in Bangkok December 7, 2013.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS)
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

THAILAND'S prime minister said yesterday that she will not cling to power and that she is ready to resign and dissolve parliament if all parties agree to hold new elections.

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But Yingluck Shinawatra acknowledged that the leader of the country's biggest anti-government demonstrations in years has rejected all of those things, and said she sees no quick end to her country's deep political impasse.

Thailand has been hit repeatedly by bouts of political turmoil, many of them violent, since the army overthrew then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's older brother, in a 2006 coup.

At least five people have died and at least 289 have been injured in the latest unrest, which began in early November and has included repeated clashes with security forces.

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