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Talks on Thai poll date postponed over security concerns

Published on May 14, 2014 4:54 PM
 
Thai anti-government protesters gather in front of Parliament, as the senators meet inside, in Bangkok, Thailand, 12 May 2014. A meeting between Thailand's interim prime minister and the Election Commission (EC) to fix a date for polls that the government hopes will break a stalemate was postponed on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, due to security concern over the venue, a commission official said. -- PHOTO: EPA

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - A meeting between Thailand's interim prime minister and the Election Commission (EC) to fix a date for polls that the government hopes will break a stalemate was postponed on Wednesday due to security concern over the venue, a commission official said.

"The government has asked to delay the meeting due to security concerns over the venue location," said Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn. "We will meet with the government tomorrow at a different venue."

Mr Somchai did not elaborate but the talks were orginally scheduled at a government complex in north Bangkok near an anti-government protest site occupied by more radical demonstrators.

The government sees the polls as the best way out of a protracted crisis that has brought sporadic violence to the streets of Bangkok, threatened to tip the economy into recession and even raised fears of civil war.

 
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