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Opposition no-show a major setback for Thai multi-party election talks

Published on Apr 22, 2014 5:50 PM
 
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva (centre) speaking next to his party members during a press conference held to announce the party's boycott of snap elections at the Democrat Party headquarters in Bangkok on Dec 21, 2013. Negotiations on a roadmap to elections in Thailand following months of political turmoil suffered a major setback Tuesday, April 22, 2014, as the opposition pulled out of rare multi-party talks at the last minute. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Negotiations on a roadmap to elections in Thailand following months of political turmoil suffered a major setback Tuesday as the opposition pulled out of rare multi-party talks at the last minute.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is pushing for new polls as soon as possible to bolster her precarious position in the face of a series of legal threats that could force her from office.

The kingdom has been without a fully functioning government or parliament since December, and a general election held in February was voided after opposition demonstrators disrupted voting.

The nation has been shaken by months of political violence that has left 25 people dead and hundreds wounded, including many anti-government protesters, in grenade attacks and shootings.

 
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