Sunday, April 2, 2006

Thai Polls Open in Snap Election Boycotted by Opposition

In Thailand, polls have opened on Sunday 2 April in what is being called a referendum on the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The prime minister called the elections three years early amid mass demonstrations in which protesters accuse his government of corruption and abuse of office.

For months, protesters have staged mass rallies calling for Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to resign. He has refused; on the ground, that majority of the people still support him.

Analyst says this election is not likely to end the deadlock; the country is heading for political and constitutional crisis. The protests will not stop. And because of a boycott by the opposition, some parliamentary seats will not be filled. As a result, it may be some time before the new parliament can convene, further heightening the uncertainties.

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