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Thai PM, Election Commission agree to hold new election

Published on Apr 30, 2014 5:41 PM
 
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (left) walks with Thai Election Commission (EC) Chairman Supachai Somcharoen (right) during the meeting to discuss a future election at the Thai Air Force Academy in Bangkok, on April 30, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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