Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Ruling party questions polls ruling

Members of the "White Shirt" movement hold up candles during a Bangkok vigil to demand democratic elections (AP)

Thailand's ruling party has questioned the reasoning behind a court decision allowing next month's general election to be postponed.

But it held open the possibility that it might agree to put off the polls if its political rivals agree to recognise the legitimacy of a new vote.

Officials from Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling Pheu Thai Party said today that a constitutional court ruling allowing it to postpone the polls seemed to have no firm legal basis.

However, they hinted the government would consider a postponement if the opposition Democrat Party, which plans to boycott the polls, agreed to take part, and if anti-government demonstrators demanding Mr Yingluck step down ahead of any election cease their street protests.

AP

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