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07 May 2011 :: 11:05:06 am 53591

PM: Royal decree on House dissolution to be submitted to King Friday afternoon

BANGKOK, May 6 -- Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday said a royal decree on the dissolution of the lower House of Parliament to clear the way for a general election is being submitted to His Majesty the King this afternoon before his departure to Jakarta for the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) summit.
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Mr Abhisit told reporters that he would submit the decree to King Bhumibol Adulyadej for the monarch’s royal endorsement on the dissolution of the lower house or the House of Representatives.

He said the move was in accordance with the plan that he had earlier notified the monarch and announced to the general public.

The premier did not mention the election date but said he would hold a news conference detailing the general election on Monday. The election is expected to be held in late June or early July.

He urged all parties to refrain from criticising the issue as the process was proceeding.

The premier also said he was confident that the move would not have any legal problems and the country could move forward after the election.

Mr Abhisit reiterated that the House would be dissolved in the first week of May for general election which, according to the law, would be held within 45-60 days after the House dissolution.

The election is expected to be close-fought as the country remains deeply divided one year after opposition rallies by the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) or “Red Shirt” movement last year.

The protests ignited the worst political violence in decades, leaving at least 90 people dead in clashes between demonstrators and armed troops in Bangkok.

The premier was scheduled to leave Bangkok at 4.25pm to attend 18th ASEAN summit in Jakarta and would return to Thailand on Sunday at 10.40pm.

Report by : MCOT online news

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