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Thailand PM Dissolves Parliament

Thailand’s embattled prime minister announced Friday that he has dissolved parliament — a move guaranteeing national elections within two months — and a likely showdown with his political opponents. “I have decided to dissolve the parliament,” Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra told reporters after meeting with the country’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Under Thailand’s constitutional monarchy, the king must give his consent for parliament to be dissolved, and an official endorsement was expected from the palace later Friday. Elections would have to be held within 60 days. Details of the meeting were not disclosed. Thaksin’s decision comes after months of calls for his resignation from critics who accuse him of corruption and abuse of power — and just one year since Thaksin won a landslide victory in national elections. Full Story

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