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General election – political deadlock

July 20, 2014 - THAILAND

The ruling party called a general election for 20 Jul 2014 but there are doubts that, if it happens, it will break the country's political deadlock.

The Constitutional Court invalidated the results of the Feb 2 snap election because the vote did not take place on the same date across the country. The Feb vote was called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra amid major anti-government unrest in Bangkok and an opposition boycott of the poll. In a separate move on 7 May, the court ordered the prime minister and several cabinet ministers to step down, charging that she acted illegally when she transferred her national security head, Thawil Pliensri. The court move could trigger protests by supporters of the government, which remains very popular in rural areas. Thailand has faced a power struggle since Yingluck's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was ousted by the military as prime minister in a 2006 coup.

Thailand Says It Will Try to Hold an Election in July (New York Times 30 Apr 2014)

Thailand court ousts PM Yingluck Shinawatra (BBC 7 May 2014)

Date written/update: 2014-05-15