Political impasse

Print edition : March 07, 2014

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets people as she arrives at a polling station in Bangkok on February 2, election day. Photo: DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Thaksin Shinawatra in Singapore on January 27. The current unrest in Thailand was sparked off by the government's efforts to pass an amnesty law that would have allowed him to return from exile. Photo: EDGAR SU/REUTERS

Suthep Thaugsuban, anti-government protest leader, collects donations from supporters during a march through Bangkok on February 3. Photo: Wally Santana/AP

Thailand stands on the edge of an abyss as the early elections called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra turns out to be a futile attempt to end the long-running political crisis, in the face of stiff resistance by the opposition.
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