Thai election body urges vote delay, army stays neutral




 
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Thai election body urges vote delay, army stays neutral
 
January 27th, 2014  
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Thai election body urges vote delay, army stays neutral
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Election Commission urged a delay in next week's planned national vote, warning on Monday of more bloodshed after violent clashes at the weekend. "As election officials, it is our job to make sure elections are successful, but we also need to make sure the country is peaceful enough to hold the election," Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, an Election Commission member, told Reuters. "We don't want it to be bloody." The commission will meet embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday to discuss the vote date. With protests aimed at toppling Yingluck now in their third month, there has been repeated speculation that the armed forces might try a repeat of the 18 actual and attempted coups they have mounted in 80 years of on-off democracy in Southeast Asia's second biggest economy.

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