Thai prime minister dissolves parliament, calls elections amid intensifying unrestUpdated: 2013-12-10 (KST)
The future of Thailand and its Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra are now in the hands of the Thai people.
Yingluck announced on Monday that she will dissolve parliament and hold an election "as soon as possible," saying at this stage that it should be up to the Thai people to decide.
"Now that there is house dissolution, the prime minister and the entire team are willing to step down from our positions."
Following the cabinet meeting, a Thai government spokesman said general elections would be held on February 2nd.
Yingluck on Sunday proposed holding a referendum to determine what the majority of the people in her country want.
In a statement beamed across the nation, Yingluck said she was willing to listen to the protesters and was not addicted to her title as prime minister.
Last week, she rejected protesters' demands to form a people's council, saying it was not constitutional.
The prime minister says her new proposal for a referendum, however, does abide by the constitution.
Amid the unexpected movements inside the government, protesters are back on the streets for a fresh round of mass protests.
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said their goal has not yet been reached and that the dissolution of parliament is not what they want.
Protesters for weeks now have surrounded government offices in Bangkok, calling for the prime minister to step down, while accusing her of being a proxy for her exiled brother and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Kwon Soa , Arirang News.
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