17 Feb '11, 4am

Thailand will, 'guaranteed', hold general elections before June: DPM

Thailand will, 'guaranteed', hold general elections before June: DPM

A Thai anti-government 'Red Shirt' protester wearing a mask rides his motorcycle following a rally. Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban 'guaranteed' that an election would be held before June. -- PHOTO: AFP BANGKOK - THAILAND will hold a general election before June, the deputy prime minister said on Thursday, setting the stage for a fierce poll battle in the politically divided nation. 'I guarantee that it will happen before June,' Suthep Thaugsuban told reporters when asked about the timing of the keenly awaited vote. His comments followed the passing of a mid-year budget and recent constitutional amendments that the government had set as conditions for an early election, along with peaceful conditions for the polls. Mass protests in April and May of last year by the 'Red Shirt' opposition movement - which was seeking immediate elections - left more than 90 peop...

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