Thai PM Rejects Calls for Resignation

BANGKOK (AP) - Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has
rejected calls for his resignation as a massive anti-government
protest gets under way in Bangkok.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators began marching Wednesday
morning in the capital's historic northern district to call for
Abhisit to dissolve Parliament and call fresh elections.

The march marked the biggest challenge so far to Abhisit's
four-month-old government.

Abhisit told reporters he "will not dissolve Parliament."

The protesters are supporters of former leader Thaksin
Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup. They say Abhisit - who
was elected by parliamentary vote in December - took power
illegitimately and should step aside so new elections can be held.


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