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Thailand opposition to decide whether to take part in election

12-16-2013 19:45 BJT

Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party is meeting to decide whether to take part in a snap election called for February the 2nd. It has been called by the government to defuse street protests, but one senior member says reforms demanded by the protesters should be implemented first.

The protesters have rejected the election and want to set up an unelected "people’s council" to run the country. The Democrat Party, Thailand’s oldest party has been supporting the anti-government protests.

All Democrat lawmakers resigned from parliament this month and some joined the protests, including leader and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. A boycott by the Democrats would rob the vote of much of its legitimacy and prolong political uncertainty.


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