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Bangkok Shutdown: Feb 2 election to go ahead

Published on Jan 15, 2014 4:53 PM
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Anti-government protesters march to ministries and other state bodies in central Bangkok, on Jan 15, 2014. Thailand should go ahead with a general election on Feb 2, concluded a multi-party meeting convened by the Thai government today to address the Election Commission's (EC) call to postpone the polls. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

THAILAND should go ahead with a general election on Feb 2, concluded a multi-party meeting convened by the Thai government today to address the Election Commission's (EC) call to postpone the polls.

The meeting, however, was not attended by any representative from the ongoing street protests or the main opposition Democrat Party, which is boycotting the polls.

The decision to press ahead with the upcoming election looks set to harden the country's three-month long political deadlock.

"We have to go ahead with the management of the election," Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana, who attended the meeting at the air force headquarters together with caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra and other Cabinet members, told reporters.

 
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