Defiant Thais Demand That Premier Quit

Associated Press

Tens of thousands of Thais defied the military's warnings against protests Thursday and demonstrated again outside Parliament to demand that Prime Minister Suchinda Kraprayoon resign.

It was the fourth straight day of mass protests against Suchinda, a former army chief who led a 1991 coup that ousted the elected government. Suchinda was named prime minister last month by a coalition of pro-military parties that emerged from the March election for Parliament. Protesters oppose him because he was not elected.

In an attempt to defuse the protests, the government said it would agree to constitutional changes. But two key political leaders said they would accept nothing less than Suchinda's resignation.

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