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To Thailand now... where after weeks of anti-government protests, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has proposed a referendum on the country's political crisis. Her announcement came as the main opposition party said it was resigning from ...

A proposal that could calm tensions after weeks of violent demonstrations......Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she is willing to call a referendum - but only if protesters seeking to topple her accept the result. Speaking on Sunday she said, "the government is ready to dissolve the house if the majority wants it." But Shinawatra's U-turn was not enough for the country's opposition MPs, who announced their resignation from parliament. SOT: Abhisit Vejjajiva, Leader of Democrat Party "It's been almost a month now and we've been waiting for the government to show its responsibility - return power to the people - so the country can start afresh. The Prime Minister has refused to do it, the Pheu Thai party (ruling party) has refused to do it. They come up with all sorts of excuses, they try to divert attention, divert issues." Protest leaders have also made it clear they would not be satisfied with new elections. They've vowed a final showdown, with the country bracing itself for fresh rallies on Monday. Thailand has been rocked by weeks of clashes, which have left several dead and hundreds of others injured. But a referendum could bring the ongoing political crisis to an end. According to Thai law, an election would have to be held within 60 days. [[SUR-TITLE]][[TITLE]][[INTRO]]To Thailand now... where after weeks of anti-government protests, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has proposed a referendum on the country's political crisis. Her announcement came as the main opposition party said it was resigning from parliament. Demonstrators have been trying to topple Yingluck; they believe she is controlled by her brother, ousted former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.Richelle Harrison Plesse has this report. [[AUTHOR]] Richelle Harrison Plesse
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