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Thai PM offers protesters election

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Thailand’s embattled prime minister says she’s willing to call an election to end the political crisis gripping the country – but only if the protesters who want her ousted accept the result.

Bangkok is bracing for another major anti-government demonstration tomorrow, with protest leaders vowing a final showdown in efforts to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and curb the political influence of her brother Thaksin.

The kingdom has been rocked by several episodes of political bloodshed since Thaksin, a billionaire tycoon-turned-prime minister, was overthrown by royalist generals seven years ago.

Yingluck has renewed her offer of elections if the protesters – a mix of royalists, middle class Thais and other Thaksin opponents – agree to respect the democratic process.