‘Thai PM maintains election date’

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Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives at the Army Club before a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on January 28, 2014. Picture: Athit Perawongmetha

Bangkok - Thailand's prime minister has confirmed a general election will be held on February 2, a source from her party said on Tuesday after a meeting at which the election authority had proposed a delay because of unrest in the capital.

“In the meeting today, the prime minister and the Election Commission agreed to proceed with the February 2 election without a postponement,” a ruling party legal adviser who attended the meeting told Reuters. The source declined to be named.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had called the snap election to try to end protests in the capital aimed at overthrowing her. The protesters have rejected the election and prevented advance voting in many parts of Bangkok and the south on Sunday. - Reuters


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