Monday, 27 January 2014

Thai News

The Election Commission will propose that the Feb 2 election be delayed for six months at talks with caretaker Prime Minister Shinawatra tomorrow, Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, commissioner in charge of election management, said on Monday.

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha regrets the death of Suthin Tharatin, a core leader of the People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism, in a clash near a polling station in Bang Na on Sunday and will work with the Centre for Managing Peace and Order (CMPO) about stepping up security measures, army spokesman Col Winthai Suwari announced on Monday.

Japanese tourists have cancelled plans to visit Thailand after the invocation of emergency decree in Bangkok and surrounding provinces on Wednesday, president of Thai-Japan Tourism Association Anek Sricheewachart said on Saturday.

Advance voting for the national election was disrupted yesterday by violence, with the murder of an anti-government protest leader and a dozen people injured. This includes voters who wanted to cast ballots. Police have said they will boost security, with 10 times the number of guards for the election next Sunday (February 2), which the government insists will go ahead.

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