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Thailand’s Prayuth will not resign, protesters vow more rallies | Thailand

The prime minister’s resignation is a key protest demand, along with reform of the country’s powerful monarchy.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday he would not resign, as anti-government protesters promised to continue their rallies despite a ban on demonstrations under new emergency measures.

Prayuth held an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday morning after tens of thousands of  people thronged central Bangkok on Thursday night even after the ban on protests. They said they would continue their demonstrations on Friday.

The prime minister said the government would not hesitate to use its new powers.

“I’m not quitting,” he said. “The government must use the emergency decree. We have to proceed because the situation became violent … It is being used for 30 days, or less if the situation eases.”

The student-led demonstrations began in July,…

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