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Thai PM insists she will not resign before polls

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Tuesday she would not resign ahead of national elections set for February 2, despite opposition demands she step down as the caretaker head of government.

Yingluck spoke one day after she announced elections — and one day after the main opposition leader ended a massive protest rally by insisting his movement had now assumed broad political power.

(Read more: Thai political strife is far from over)

The streets of Bangkok were quiet Tuesday, amid weeks of sometimes violent political turmoil as the protesters demand Yingluck give up power to an unelected "people's council."

The protesters main target is Yingluck's brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has lived in exile for years but who still wields enormous political power.

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