06 May '11, 9am

Thai PM sets stage for tough election: Thailand's premier fired the starting gun on Friday ... - #Asia #China #News

Thai PM sets stage for tough election: Thailand's premier fired the starting gun on Friday ... - #Asia #China #News

Thailand's premier fired the starting gun on Friday for the first general election in the politically divided nation since deadly protests rocked Bangkok last year, with a vote expected by early July. British-born, Oxford-educated premier Abhisit Vejjajiva, whose term finishes at the end of this year, is gambling on early polls to propel him to a second term and silence critics who say he has no popular mandate. Abhisit, the head of the elite-backed Democrat Party, said he would submit a formal request to King Bhumibol Adulyadej asking for the lower house to be dissolved for a poll set to be held in late June or early July. "I will submit the royal decree to dissolve the house to the king this afternoon before I leave for the ASEAN summit" of Southeast Asian leaders in Jakarta, he told reporters. He did not reveal the election date but said he would hold a news conference ...

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