Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says he is stepping down, and has urged Thais to re-unite after months of political crisis.
THAKSIN'S POLITICAL CRISIS
23 January: Thaksin sells 49.6% family stake in telecoms company Shin Corp
4 February: 50,000 attend rally in Bangkok demanding Thaksin's resignation; similar rallies continue in the capital
24 February: Thaksin dissolves parliament and calls snap election
27 February: Three main opposition parties say they will boycott the polls
2 April: Thais vote for new government amid opposition boycott
3 April: Thaksin says his Thai Rak Thai party has won more than 50% of vote
4 April: Thaksin says he will step down
"Thai prime minister to step aside" BBC.