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Thai caretaker PM urges protesters not to block voting

English.news.cn   2014-01-31 22:54:49
 • Yingluck Friday appealed anti-government protesters not to block voting during the Feb. 2 election.
 • Protest leader Suthep has called a mass rally on Feb. 2 to prevent people from casting their votes.
 • Following the Feb. 2 election, a new election has been set for Feb. 23 for scores of constituencies.

 

BANGKOK, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday appealed anti-government protesters not to block voting during the Feb. 2 general election.

Otherwise, Thailand will be viewed as an undemocratic country, Yingluck was quoted by the Nation newspaper as saying.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has called a mass rally on Feb. 2 to completely paralyze the capital and prevent people from casting their votes. He has been marching on Bangkok streets over the past days to mobile people to join in.

More than 200,000 police officers will be deployed nationwide on the election day to maintain law and order, according to assistant national police chief Amnart An-atngam.

In addition, another 7,000 soldiers will assist the police in areas where a 60-day state of emergency has been imposed since Jan. 22, Amnart said.

Following the Feb. 2 election, a new election has been set for Feb. 23 for scores of constituencies where advance voting on Jan. 26 was disrupted by protesters.

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BANGKOK, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Thai caretaker government has decided that the Feb. 2 general election would be held as scheduled, deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana said Tuesday.

The government will be able to tackle all the problems concerning the election and to postpone it will not be the solution, Phongthep said at a press conference held following a meeting between caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Election Commission (EC) members. Full story

Thai core protest leader shot dead

BANGKOK, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Suthin Tharathin, a core leader of Thailand's anti-government protest, was shot dead on Sunday in Bang Na area in the capital Bangkok, Bangkok Post reported.

Suthin was shot in a clash with pro-government supporters while leading a rally at a polling station set up in the area for the advance voting that proceeded nationwide on Sunday for the Feb. 2 election. Full story

Thai caretaker PM urges military personnel to check voting rights

BANGKOK, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday during a meeting of Defense Council asked the top military brass to instruct military personnel to check their voting rights ahead of the upcoming Feb. 2 election.

The meeting was moved from defense ministry to Royal Thai Air Force headquarters to avoid protesters, reported the Nation newspaper. Full story

Thai advance voting disrupted by protesters

BANGKOK, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's anti-government protesters on Sunday disrupted the advance voting for the Feb. 2 election in the capital Bangkok and several southern provinces.

Because of protesters who have blocked polling stations since the wee hours of Sunday, only seven out of 50 polling stations in Bangkok remained open as of 11 a.m. local time, the Nation newspaper reported. Full story


 

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