Thai Army Commander Urges Fresh Poll To End Crisis

An anti government demonstrator shouts insults at Bangkok police during a demonstration Friday, June 20, 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand. The protesters, spearheaded by the People's Alliance for Democracy movement, claim that Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's government is a proxy for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 military coup.(AP Photo/David Longstreath)
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BANGKOK, Thailand – Thailand's influential army commander has told the government it should call a new election to end the country's political crisis.

Gen. Anupong Paochinda said Wednesday the suggestion came in an urgent afternoon meeting with high-level officials.

The general's action amounts to support for the position of the People's Alliance for Democracy, which has been seeking to topple the government of Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat.

The crisis boiled over Tuesday when the alliance's members stormed Bangkok's international airport, forcing outbound flights to stop.

Anupong also asked the protesters to leave the airport and ruled out the possibility of a coup.