11 May '11, 2am

Thai opposition politician shot

Thai opposition politician shot

BANGKOK: A Thai opposition politician with close links to fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra was shot and wounded a day after the government announced a general election, police said Wednesday. Pracha Prasopdee, a lawmaker with the opposition Puea Thai party until the house was dissolved this week, was hospitalised after being shot in the back late Tuesday in Samut Prakan in the outskirts of Bangkok. "Police are still investigating the motive. We are unsure if it is political," said police investigator Lieutenant Colonel Saneh Maneenoi. The shooting comes as Thailand gears up for what is expected to be a closely fought general election set for July 3, the first since political violence erupted in Bangkok last year, leaving 90 people dead. "Pracha intended to run in the upcoming election in the same constituency," said Puea Thai spokesman Jirayu Houngsub. It was too...

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