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10 May 2011 :: 14:05:37 pm 53666

Thailand’s National Election To Be Held On July 3

Thailand’s national election will be held on July 3 after His Majesty, the King has endorsed a royal decree to dissolve the House of Representatives, government spokesman Panitan Wattanyagorn announced on Monday.
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In a statement at a news conference, the spokesman said, “His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has endorsed the royal decree to dissolve the House today and it will come into effect tomorrow. The election will be held on 3 July.”
The announcement was made prior to the national television broadcast of PM Abhisit Vejjajiva scheduled for Mon night confirming the date and election-related issues, hours after His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed the royal decree to dissolve the House which was submitted on Friday.

The Constitution Court earlier today ruled unanimously that the three organic election laws passed earlier by Parliament are in accord with the amended charter.

During his terms of two and one half year, PM Abhisit’s Democrat coalition has encountered both political turbulence and economic problems, resulting in demands for the premier resignation or the dissolution of Parliament.
In particular the major crisis that took place during the Abisit administration has been the repeated demonstrations of the anti-government Red Shirt ‘United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD)’, which last year resulted in violence and the death of 90 people including protesters, soldiers and civilians.

The prime minister earlier reasserted to anti-government groups that the lower House will be dissolved only when economic condition is favorable, the charter is amended and political divisiveness is diminished.

PM Abhisit however announced he would dissolve Parliament in the first week of May after the two drafts of the charter amendment regarding changes in the electoral system from single constituency to multiple seats and a parliamentary approval requirement for international treaties have been approved by Parliament, taking effect March 5.

The term of the Democrat-led government finishes at the end of this year. It is the 12th Thai government having ended with the dissolution of the House. The last dissolution took place on Feb 24, 2006 when fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra announced the move following the pressure from the yellow-clad People’s Alliance for Democracy.

Under the terms of dissolution, the authority of the Abhisit Cabinet ends with the royal decree to dissolve the parliament, but a caretaker government will run the country until a new Cabinet is appointed following the General Election.

The caretaker Cabinet has legitimacy to announce the enforcement of measures to ensure national security such as a state of emergency or martial law, but is prohibited from transferring civil servants or government officials, and approving any project which will be binding to the new government.

Raport By: Mcot

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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