Bangkok Shutdown: Thai court to decide on election complaint
Published on Jan 23, 2014 12:21 PM
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's Constitutional Court said it would decide on Thursday whether to accept a case against holding Feb 2 election that would almost certainly extend the government's shaky grip on power as protesters try to force it from office.
The government declared a 60-day state of emergency from Wednesday hoping to prevent an escalation in protests now in a third month. That decree will face a fresh test on Thursday when popular anti-government firebrand Suthep Thaugsuban leads a march through the capital Bangkok.
A leading pro-government activist was shot and wounded on Wednesday in Thailand's northeast, a stronghold of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in what police said was a political attack, adding to fears the violence could spread.
Nine people have died and dozens wounded in violence, including two grenade attacks in the capital last weekend.
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