The story

Thailand's prime minister told CNN Friday he will not lift a state of emergency until he is convinced anti-government protests that flared into deadly clashes this week would not return to the capital.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who imposed the state of emergency on Bangkok and nearby areas last weekend, made his comment shortly after a key political ally was shot in the head.

Sondhi Limthongkul, a political leader who helped topple former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra -- who supports the protesters -- underwent surgery and was expected to recover, according to medics. Read full article »

CNN's Kocha Olarn contributed to this report.

All About ThailandThaksin Shinawatra

Don't Miss