Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the nation’s parliament Monday and called for new elections. But the move did little to appease anti-government protesters who remained on the streets by the thousands.
Between 100,000 and 150,000 demonstrators rallied in Bangkok, with protest leaders saying their goal Monday is to storm Shinawatra’s office, known as Government House.
The country will hold new elections by February 2, but embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra may not be her party’s choice to run, a government spokesman told CNN on Monday.
“I don’t know whether the Pheu Thai Party will still vote (for) her to run again or not,” said spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi, referring to the ruling party.
Yingluck’s move Monday comes a day after Thailand’s main opposition party, Democrat Party, said its roughly 150 members would resign en masse from parliament because they could no longer work with the government.
“I don’t want our country and the Thai people to suffer from more losses,” Yingluck said in a televised address.
But opposition party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said the massive protests leave the government little choice.
“I think the best way for the Prime Minister to show responsibility is by returning power to the people,” he told CNN.
Still, dissolving parliament and calling elections appear unlikely to placate protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister for the Democrat Party. He has called for power to be transferred to an unelected “people’s council.”