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Thai election commission wants July 20 polls postponed

Published on May 15, 2014 1:25 PM
Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban walks past Air Force military personnel during a rally at the Air Force base in Bangkok on May 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK - Thailand’s election commission has called for planned July 20 polls to be postponed, after anti-government protesters invaded a meeting between its officials and the caretaker government on Thursday morning.

“The election on July 20 is no longer possible,” the commission’s secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong told the AFP, after caretaker ministers were forced to leave the meeting at the air force headquarters in northern Bangkok.

The delay will prolong the country’s six-month-long political limbo, which was triggered by street unrest late last year and exacerbated when protesters sabotaged the Feb 2 polls, which were later annulled by the Constitutional Court.

More than 20 people have been killed in the political unrest since late last year. On Thursday, a pre-dawn attack on an anti-government rally venue left at least three people dead and more than 20 people injured. 

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