Thailand’s Prime Minister says she will dissolve parliament and hold an election following a wave of anti-government protests.
Yingluck Shinawatra said she would like to hold an election “as soon as possible”.
“After consultation with many parties, I have submitted a royal decree requesting parliament be dissolved,” she said in a nationally televised speech.
“At this stage, when there are many people opposed to the government from many groups, the best way is to give back the power to the Thai people and hold an election. So the Thai people will decide.”
The announcement came as Democratic Party politicians resigned from parliament over what it calls is “the illegitimacy” of the elected government.
Protests have been taking place for several weeks in the capital Bangkok in an attempt to oust the existing leadership.