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Thai PM Yingluck rules out resigning as bombs, gunfire punctuate unrest

Published on Feb 24, 2014 6:00 PM
 
A policeman points at the crime scene following an a bomb blast in Bangkok, on Feb 23, 2014. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the target of anti-government protests in Bangkok, has been staying outside the city and on Monday, Feb 24, 2014, ruled out resigning despite a series of deadly attacks heaping pressure on her administration. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the target of anti-government protests in Bangkok, has been staying outside the city and on Monday ruled out resigning despite a series of deadly attacks heaping pressure on her administration.

Ms Yingluck, who attended a trade show in Saraburi province, 100 km north of Bangkok, called for dialogue to resolve a crisis that has dragged on for months, with key intersections in the capital blocked by protest camps.

"It's time all sides turned to talk to each other," Ms Yingluck told reporters. "Many people have asked me to resign but I ask: is resignation the answer? What if it creates a power vacuum?"

The protests have been punctuated by gunfire and bomb blasts, including one on Sunday that killed a woman and a young brother and sister.

 
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