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Protesters in Thailand want a year for reform

Updated: 2013-12-14 07:59
By Reuters in Bangkok, Thailand ( China Daily)

The leader of a protest group trying to overthrow Thailand's government and scrap planned elections said on Friday the prime minister should either step down or be forced out.

Suthep Thaugsuban, a lawmaker who resigned from parliament to lead the protest, and his allies said their movement would need around a year to push through reforms. They have spoken of a volunteer police force, decentralization of power and electoral reform, though they have been noticeably short on specifics apart from that.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called an election for Feb 2 in an effort to end the street protests, but Suthep, knowing that allies of Yingluck's brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, would probably win any election, wants an unelected "people's council" to take over.

Protesters in Thailand want a year for reform