New twist in Thailand’s battle for seat of powerBy AP News May 12, 2014 3:45PM UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The battle for who holds Thailand’s seat of power has taken on a new twist with the leader of anti-government protests planning to set up his office at the vacated Government House.
Meanwhile, the country’s new caretaker leader worked Monday from a makeshift, suburban outpost.
The development was the latest to highlight the government’s lack of power as Thailand’s crisis grinds into its seventh month. One newspaper compared the political situation to a sinking ship that it called the “Thaitanic.”
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban planned to end a months-long occupation of the city’s main park Monday and march his followers across Bangkok to the prime minister’s office compound, called Government House. It has been vacant for months due to violent clashes between protesters and police nearby.