Thai PM, Election Commission agree to hold new election
Published on Apr 30, 2014 5:41 PM
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's prime minister and the country's Election Commission agreed on Wednesday to hold new election in July despite the opposition's reluctance to say whether it will take part after boycotting a February poll that was later annulled.
Anti-government protesters have vowed to disrupt any election, as they did in February as part of a six-month campaign to oust Prime Minister Yingluck, raising questions over whether the polls will go ahead smoothly.
"The prime minister and the Election Commission agree on a July 20 election," Mr Puchong Nutrawong, secretary-general of the commission told reporters. He said the commission would ask the government to issue a royal decree and get the king's endorsement for the vote.
The cabinet, which must also sign off on an election, would likely consider the decree next week, he said.
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