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Published on Dec 9, 2013

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra decided to dissolve parliament. In response, members of the Democrat Party, the main force behind the country's opposition, decided to quit their jobs as MPs and join in the nationwide demonstrations.

Aiming to stem the violence that has seen an uptick in the protests recently, could Shinawatra also be trying to avoid the same fate that her brother? Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra ran into some troubles when he was accused of racketeering and money laundering and has been in self-imposed exile since 2008.

The Prime Minister used her powers as premier earlier this year to pardon her older brother, which had the Democratic party crying foul and pushing their supporters to protest. But some simply see this as yet another tactic in a series of maneuvers by the DP to shake government up to get back into power.

The party has not won an election since 2006, and the Prime Minister's party along with her elder brother's party before it, caters to the poor, the working class, and farmers in areas outside of Thailand's major cities. Many people have seen a marked change in lifestyle in these areas under Shinawatra, and feel that a little "dirty play" between politicians is to be expected, as long as they're able to get what is needed for their areas.

Could Yingluck's sacking of parliament be part of a bigger power play? And if so, which side stands to gain the most in the end?

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