Thailand: Early elections to cost $1.2 billion

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corruption thaiThailand’s Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said on December 10 that a budget of 38 billion baht (around $1.2 billion) will be allocated for the early general election on February 2. There are 48 million eligible voters for this election, he said.

However, analysts said the elections are unlikely to satisfy opponents who want to rid Thailand of the influence of the ruling Shinawatra clan. The protesters are pushing for a non-elected ”People’s Council” to replace the democratically elected government.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had said in a televised speech on December 10, where she almost broke out in tears, that she would remain in a caretaker capacity until a new prime minister is elected. At the polls, it is highly likely that the ruling Pheu Thai party of Shinawatra again gets the majority of the votes, and nothing much would change in Thai politics apart from the fact that $1.2 billion would have been spent, critics say.



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Thailand's Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said on December 10 that a budget of 38 billion baht (around $1.2 billion) will be allocated for the early general election on February 2. There are 48 million eligible voters for this election, he said. However, analysts said the elections are unlikely to satisfy opponents who want to rid Thailand of the influence of the ruling Shinawatra clan. The protesters are pushing for a non-elected ''People's Council'' to replace the democratically elected government. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had said in a televised speech on December 10, where she almost broke out in tears,...

corruption thaiThailand’s Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said on December 10 that a budget of 38 billion baht (around $1.2 billion) will be allocated for the early general election on February 2. There are 48 million eligible voters for this election, he said.

However, analysts said the elections are unlikely to satisfy opponents who want to rid Thailand of the influence of the ruling Shinawatra clan. The protesters are pushing for a non-elected ”People’s Council” to replace the democratically elected government.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had said in a televised speech on December 10, where she almost broke out in tears, that she would remain in a caretaker capacity until a new prime minister is elected. At the polls, it is highly likely that the ruling Pheu Thai party of Shinawatra again gets the majority of the votes, and nothing much would change in Thai politics apart from the fact that $1.2 billion would have been spent, critics say.



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