Still question marks over Thai election


The Thai Election Commission has approved 358 of the 500 winning candidates in the 3rd July election so far. Of the 142 others, both Yingluck Shinawatra the Prime Minister elect and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva are awaiting approval.

Last week the Democrat Party, who lost the election, asked the Election Commission to disband the winning Pheu Thai Party (PTP). The Democrats accused some of the banned members of the predecessor of the PTP, the Thai Rak Thai, of being involved in PTP activities. If so then that would be in contravention of Chapter 11 of the 2007 constitution.

Meanwhile, yesterday the Democrat government held its last Cabinet meeting at which they decided that the Cabinet Secretariat should forward a draft royal decree convening the new House of Representatives only when the Election Commission had endorsed at least 475 of the 500 MPs elected on 3rd July.

The same Cabinet also approved the extension of an emergency decree in three southern provinces for another 60 days, by which time a new Cabinet should be in place.

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