Thai elections on February 2 confirmed: PM

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BKK shutdownThailand’s prime minister has confirmed a general election will be held on February 2, a source from her party said on January 28 after a meeting at which the election authority had proposed a delay because of unrest in the capital, Reuters reported.

“In the meeting today, the prime minister and the Election Commission agreed to proceed with the February 2 election without a postponement,” a ruling party legal adviser who attended the meeting. The source declined to be named.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had called the snap election to try to end protests in the capital aimed at overthrowing her. The protesters have rejected the election and prevented advance voting in many parts of Bangkok and the south on January 26.

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A separatist banner appeared on January 28 in the northern province of Phayao, saying ““This country has no justice. I want to split the country”

Royal Thai Army leaders are increasingly uneasy with the political climate and the escalating violence in Bangkok, Royal Air Force Commander in Chief Prachin Chantong said. He called on all factions to avoid violence on February 2.

The armed forces have not made any proposal to the government, as they want the problems to be solved through a democratic process, he said, adding that an election is a tool to reach the goal of democracy but it should not create rifts in the country.

In the latest developments, a shooting took place on January 28 at the Army Club where caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra held talks with the Election Commission, injuring at least one person. Early in the morning on the same day, a grenade was thrown onto the house of one protest leaders, causing damage to property.

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Thailand’s prime minister has confirmed a general election will be held on February 2, a source from her party said on January 28 after a meeting at which the election authority had proposed a delay because of unrest in the capital, Reuters reported.

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BKK shutdownThailand’s prime minister has confirmed a general election will be held on February 2, a source from her party said on January 28 after a meeting at which the election authority had proposed a delay because of unrest in the capital, Reuters reported.

“In the meeting today, the prime minister and the Election Commission agreed to proceed with the February 2 election without a postponement,” a ruling party legal adviser who attended the meeting. The source declined to be named.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had called the snap election to try to end protests in the capital aimed at overthrowing her. The protesters have rejected the election and prevented advance voting in many parts of Bangkok and the south on January 26.

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A separatist banner appeared on January 28 in the northern province of Phayao, saying ““This country has no justice. I want to split the country”

Royal Thai Army leaders are increasingly uneasy with the political climate and the escalating violence in Bangkok, Royal Air Force Commander in Chief Prachin Chantong said. He called on all factions to avoid violence on February 2.

The armed forces have not made any proposal to the government, as they want the problems to be solved through a democratic process, he said, adding that an election is a tool to reach the goal of democracy but it should not create rifts in the country.

In the latest developments, a shooting took place on January 28 at the Army Club where caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra held talks with the Election Commission, injuring at least one person. Early in the morning on the same day, a grenade was thrown onto the house of one protest leaders, causing damage to property.

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