22 Mar '11, 6am

Thai PM says upcoming elections can end violence

Thai PM says upcoming elections can end violence

BANGKOK: Thailand's prime minister has said that upcoming elections in the politically divided country present a choice between his policies and a "cycle of conflict and violence". Abhisit Vejjajiva said the poll, which comes as the capital is again the site of regular protests after deadly rallies last year, would be a chance for the "silent majority to be heard" over the clamour of demonstrations. Fresh from surviving a no-confidence motion in parliament last week, the Thai premier told reporters late Monday that he hoped his tenure would be remembered for providing "greater security and welfare for the Thai people". Thailand remains deeply divided following rallies by anti-government "Red Shirts" in April and May 2010 in which more than 90 people died and 1,900 were injured in clashes between troops and protesters. Abhisit, whose government denied opposition accusations...

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