13 Apr 2010

Pressure mounts on Thai PM to resolve stand-off

9:22 pm on 13 April 2010

Thailand's Prime Minister is under mounting pressure to resolve a stand-off with anti-government protesters after the Election Commission recommended that his party be dissolved.

Abhisit Vejjajiva came to power in December 2008 when the army brokered a deal in parliament.

He would have to step down if the Constitutional Court, following the Election Commission's findings, found his Democrat Party guilty of funding irregularities, Reuters reports.

The red shirts, who want Mr Abhisit to quit now, say they will step up their protest and may march on the army barracks.

The red shirts are supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup.

Army chief Anupong Paochinda said on Monday that early elections could end the impasse.