Thai opposition urges Prime Minister to resign

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Thailand\’s opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has called for July\’s election to be delayed and is demanding the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra resign.
Democrat Party leader Vejjajiva said Saturday that Yingluck and her caretaker Cabinet should step down and make way for an appointed interim administration that would oversee a debate on political reforms. A referendum would then be held on the proposed reforms, with elections held six months later.
On Saturday,  Abhisit said his opposition Democrat party would not contest July\’s polls.
The opposition boycotted and disrupted an election held in February.
Yingluck\’s government announced the 20 July polls after a previous snap election in February was declared unconstitutional.
Yingluck\’s government has been only partly functional since December when she dissolved parliament and called for the February election.
The opposition wants to remove the influence of the Shinawatra family from Thai politics.
Yingluck\’s elder brother, Thaksin, was prime minister for five years until 2008, when he was ousted in a military coup amid massive anti-government street protests.
He is in self-imposed exile to avoid being imprisoned on a corruption conviction.
Thailand has been in political deadlock since anti-government protests began in Bangkok in November 2013.
Source: Agencies

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