09 May '11, 11am

Thai election set for July 3: Government

Thai election set for July 3: Government

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (above), the head of the elite-backed Democrat Party whose term finishes at the end of this year, submitted a royal decree to King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week to allow an early election to go ahead. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BANGKOK - THAILAND'S general election will be held on July 3 after the king endorsed a royal decree to dissolve the lower house, the government spokesman said on Monday. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, the head of the elite-backed Democrat Party whose term finishes at the end of this year, submitted a royal decree to King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week to allow an early election to go ahead. 'The king has endorsed the royal decree to dissolve the house today and it will come into effect tomorrow. The election will be held on July 3,' spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn told a press conference. By law, polls must be held between 45...

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