Thai PM and protesters come to an impasse


The protesters demand the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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Conflict escalated in Thailand as protesters Tuesday rejected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s proposal to have elections on Feb. 2, 2014 to replace the now dissolved parliament.
Demonstrations against the prime minister and Thai government began with protesters saying former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in 2010 on corruption charges, is running the country with his sister Yingluck as his mouthpiece.

Rejecting the proposed elections, protesters have called for Ms. Shinawatra’s immediate resignation so they may replace the government with an unelected “people’s council”.

Ms. Shinawatra responded to the protesters on Tuesday saying, “I must do my duty as caretaker prime minister according to the constitution. I have retreated as far as I can – give me some fairness.” She encouraged them to stop and, “use the electoral system to choose who will become the next government.”

The U.S. State Department asserted strong support of Thailand’s “democratic process” in a statement late Monday and encouraged, “all involved to resolve political differences peacefully and democratically in a way that reflects the will of the Thai people and strengthens the rule of law.”

H/T Aileen Graef