Thai Senate brings forward debate on controversial amnesty bill




 
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Thai Senate brings forward debate on controversial amnesty bill
 
November 7th, 2013  
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Thai Senate brings forward debate on controversial amnesty bill
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's senate will on Friday begin deliberations on an amnesty bill that has sparked mass protests, beginning its reading of the draft law earlier than planned and stirring expectations of a decision that could end the demonstrations. Thousands of protesters rallied on Thursday in Bangkok's historic area near the United Nations' Asia-Pacific headquarters, calling for the withdrawal of the bill. Some protesters also called for the overthrow of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's populist government. Critics say the bill is aimed at bringing back Yingluck's brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, from self-exile without serving jail time.




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