Thailand to Hold General Election July 20

  • VOA News

    May 01, 2014 08:08

    Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (right) and Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul arrive before a meeting with the Election Commission at the Royal Thai Air Force Academy in Bangkok on April 30, 2014. /Reuters

    Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her country's Election Commission have agreed to hold a new vote July 20.

    It is unclear whether the country's opposition, which is involved in a prolonged standoff with Ms. Yingluck, will participate in the general election.

    The prime minister called snap elections in February, but the opposition boycotted the polls and disrupted voting in many areas.

    Ms. Yingluck's opponents accuse her of being corrupt and say her government is controlled by her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra.

    Mr. Thaksin, an ex-prime minister, was ousted in a military coup and fled the country to escape corruption charges he says were politically motivated.

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