|Residents attend a rally to support election on Feb. 2 and protest against the planned "Bangkok shutdown" led by anti-government protester on Jan. 13 in Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 10, 2014. The Election Commission (EC) of Thailand urged the government to scrap the Feb. 2 election as it is doomed to fail, the EC said here on Friday. (Xinhua/Qin Qing)
BANGKOK, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Wednesday the country's Feb. 2 general election will proceed as planned.
The government and the Election Commission are not empowered to postpone the election, said Yingluck, who attended a government- held meeting in the morning with around 70 representatives from various sides to discuss whether to defer the election.
According to Yingluck, the majority of those present at the meeting agreed the election should go ahead.
The Democrat Party and anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee did not send any representatives to the discussion.
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