Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves Parliament, calls fresh elections

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SummaryThere will be new elections according to the democratic system: Yingluck Shinawatra

prompting the authorities to cancel a plan to invite foreign diplomats to observe the situation there.

Satit Wongnongtaey and Tavorn Senieum, protest leaders at Democracy Monument, demanded the caretaker government to resign following House dissolution.

Satit told protesters that House dissolution was a first victory but was not enough for achieving real democracy and the protests would continue.

He said the People's Democratic Reform Committee wants the people's council to be formed and the caretaker cabinet to resign.

Meanwhile, Thai police has beefed up security at key government agencies and deployed officers on rooftops around rally sites to prevent incidents by third parties wanting to incite violence, a top police official has said.

Deputy Police Commissioner Pol Gen Worapong Chiewpreecha, deputy director of the Centre for Administration of Peace and Order, said police and troops were being deployed to guard key government offices such as Government House and Parliament.

He said late last night that officers would also be deployed on high-rise buildings in the area to watch out for possible attacks by third-party groups.

Police, he said, would also erect concrete barriers and barbed wire around key government offices, but would reduce the areas covered as protected zones.

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