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Thai leader stands firm on election

Updated: 2014-01-16 07:13
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Andrew R.C. Marshall in BangkokReuters ( China Daily)

Thailand's government stuck to a plan for a February election on Wednesday despite mounting pressure from protesters who have brought parts of Bangkok to a near-standstill, and said it believed support for the leader of the agitation was waning.

Some hard-line protesters have threatened to blockade the stock exchange and an air traffic control facility if Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra does not step down by a deadline media said had been set for 9 pm Beijing time.

The unrest, which flared in early November and escalated this week when demonstrators occupied main intersections of the capital, is the latest chapter in an eight-year conflict.

Thai leader stands firm on election