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Thailand in political limbo with vote re-runs seen in April

Published on Feb 11, 2014 8:27 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's Election Commission said on Tuesday it would try to complete this month's disrupted poll in late April, leaving the country facing another two-and-a-half months in political limbo under a caretaker government with limited powers.

Protesters have been trying since November to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whom they see as a stand-in for her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, the self-exiled former premier who clashed with the establishment and was ousted in a 2006 coup.

Ms Yingluck called a general election on Feb 2 to try to end the demonstrations, but protesters succeeded in disrupting the vote in about a fifth of constituencies, meaning there is not yet a quorum to open Parliament and install a new government.

"Voting for constituencies where elections could not take place on Feb 2 will take place on April 27," Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn told reporters.

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