Thailand

Discussions on election date as shut down continues


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Having successfully shut down the capital Bangkok yesterday, protesters are continuing their demonstrations today with police reporting that at least four major intersections are completely closed due to demonstrators occupying the roads.

The protests started last year after the governing Pheu Thai party attempted to introduce an amnesty bill that would have pardoned former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister’s brother.

Since then the prime minister has called an election for 2nd February but the main opposition Democrat Party is boycotting the election and the protest movement known as the People’s Democratic Reform Committee are opposing the election, want the prime minister to resign and want a ‘people’s council’ to introduce reforms.

The Electoral Commission has stated that it will be difficult to stage the election on 2nd February which Pheu Thai will almost certainly win. Instead the commission are suggesting a date in May. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called a meeting for tomorrow to discuss the election but protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has stated that he will not negotiate.

In an attempt to end the unrest, Yingluck called a snap election for February 2, but protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has rejected the poll, which the prime minister’s Pheu Thai Party would probably win.

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