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06 May 2011 :: 14:05:23 pm 53574

PM Abhisit Will Submit A Royal Decree

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the Democrat Party, said he would submit a royal decree to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, asking for the dissolution of the lower house for the country’s first national selection since the deadly political violence that rocked Bangkok last year
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“I will submit the royal decree to dissolve the house to the king this afternoon before I leave for the ASEAN summit” of Southeast Asian leaders in Jakarta, he said on Friday.

PM Abhisit told reporters that house dissolution is “the way to make the country move forward.”
“I am confident there won’t be any legal problems,” he said.

The constitution gives the king the power to dissolve parliament, with his decree specifying an election date within 45 to 60 days.

He revealed that the selection will be held in late June or early July and that he would hold a news conference on Monday.

Abhisit is aiming to win his party based on the economic recovery that made Thai stock index the No.2 performer among Asia’s biggest markets in the past year.

His main opponent will be the party that supported the exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by the military in 2006. Disputes over the last election in 2007 triggered demonstrations that claimed about 100 lives.

“He [Abhisit] has provided stability and managed the crisis quite well,” said Vikas Kawatra, head of institutional broking at Kim Eng Securities (Thailand) Pcl, the country’s biggest brokerage.

If the pro-Thaksin Puea Thai party won, it could be quite bad for sentiment as the party has no experienced leader, he said.

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