Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Thailand court voids protest-hit polls new vote looms  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 21/03/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Khaleej Times) while the ruling from the constitutional court further delays the formation of a new government it also offers a possible exit from the political stalemate

Thailand’s general election held last month was declared invalid friday after disruption by opposition protesters setting the scene for talks between warring political parties about new polls to end months of deadlock.


While the ruling from the constitutional court further delays the formation of a new government it also offers a possible exit from the political stalemate — if the opposition agrees to end its boycott of the ballot box.


The country’s election commission said it planned to propose talks between political party leaders about a new election date.


But yingluck’s supporters fear she will be removed from office before another vote is held.


She has been charged with negligence by the national anti-corruption commission in connection with a rice subsidy scheme and could face an impeachment vote in the upper house of parliament within weeks.


Yingluck has faced more than four months of street demonstrations seeking to force her from office and install an unelected “people’s council” to oversee political reforms.


“their aim is to put pressure in every possible way to appoint a neutral prime minister” said the chairman of the pro-government “red shirts” movement jatuporn prompan.


The backdrop is a years-old struggle between a royalist establishment — supported by the judiciary and the military — and yingluck’s family which has traditionally enjoyed strong support in the northern half of thailand.


Political violence has claimed the lives of 23 people in recent weeks in gun and grenade attacks mostly targeting protesters.


The kingdom has been deeply polarised since a military coup in 2006 that ousted yingluck’s brother thaksin shinawatra a tycoon-turned-politician for a corruption conviction.


The constitutional court set up after a 2006 coup has a record of ruling against yingluck’s family and its political allies and friday’s verdict raised eyebrows among some observers.


“the court has too obviously and too openly appeared to side with the agenda of the anti-government groups” said thailand-based author and scholar david streckfuss.


“in doing so the court has put its reputation and its integrity at risk” he told afp.


The court ruled 6:3 to nullify the election on the grounds that voting was not held for the entire country on the same day.


Protesters blocked candidate registrations in 28 constituencies and also caused the closure of about 10 percent of polling stations.


The opposition democrats said on friday that it was too soon to say whether they would participate in a new election but hinted they might be willing to return to mainstream politics if all sides can reach an agreement.


“if we can talk with the government to ensure that the election is peaceful without protests and acceptable to all parties then the democrats as a political party are ready to contest the polls” spokesman chavanond intarakomalyasut said.


Opposition protesters however have threatened to block any new ballot calling for vaguely defined reforms first to tackle alleged corruption.


“people will not agree with an election. they want reform and this time our people will come out in every province to make the election more invalid” protest leader suthep thaugsuban a former democrat party heavyweight said in a speech thursday.


A spokesman for yingluck’s puea thai party described the court ruling as “regrettable” and said the annulment of the vote would “set a bad precedent”.


Thailand has not had a properly functioning parliament since early december when yingluck called early elections after opposition lawmakers resigned en masse from the lower house.


If yingluck is ousted it could fall to the upper house senate to choose a new interim premier according to experts.


The speaker of the senate — about half of whose members are unelected — was indicted by the national anti-corruption commission on thursday in connection with a failed bid to make the upper house fully elected.


Tensions on the streets have eased since protesters scaled down their rallies at the start of march prompting the government to end a state of emergency earlier this week.


Puncturing the relative calm two grenades were fired friday in a residential district home to a constitutional court judge wounding one local resident according to police.

for more news from khaleej times follow us on facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes and on twitter at ?khaleejtimes

follow ?khaleejtimes --


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 21 2014 - AnastasiaDate Shares Some Truly Inspiring Long Distance Love Stories of MembersMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) AnastasiaDate shares more long–distance real life love stories of their members. By Ana Mauer AnastasiaDate the leading online international dating portal recently shared more long ...

 Aug 21 2014 - The Kitchness Stainless Steel BBQ Basting Brush Is Released For Sale To The General Public On Amazon.comMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Amazon appointed as exclusive Worldwide Distributor for this second-generation BBQ Brush.ARECIBO PUERTO RICO August 20 2014. The long awaited release of the Kitchness Stainless ...

 Aug 21 2014 - AsianDate Offers Valuable Tips on How to Avoid Online Dating ScamsMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) AsianDate shares useful tips with members on how to avoid dating scams. By Jia Li Asian Date the trusted and highly established Asia-specific online dating service has shared some ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Experts Find Tinting Your Homes Windows Lowers Energy Consumption ConsiderablyMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) With growing global concerns people are now encouraged to conserve energy and cut back on the energy consumption to preserve the earth's resources for future generations. Among the ...

 Aug 21 2014 - More South Floridians are Keeping Their Automobiles LongerMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) A new car is a major investment that people like to use for as long as the vehicle allows them to but when a car is scratched smashed or scraped in from the corner of the bumper the ...

 Aug 21 2014 - flipb Software Announces Pre-designed TemplatesMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) flipb Software a leading provider of digital publishing software announces the recent release of predesigned templates to streamline the PDF to flipbook conversion process.San Jose CA ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Small Business Trends Quotes Joshua B Lee of Stand Out AuthorityMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Joshua B Lee co-founder of Stand Out Authority was just quoted in a story on Small Business Trends publication. The article is about things not to do when pitching investors and ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Clogged Grease Traps can Cause Health Problems in Miami RestaurantsMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Restaurants and Eateries have to abide by strict health and hygiene rules and regulation which require them to maintain a specific level of sanitation to ensure that the people who ...

 Aug 21 2014 - The Dental Health Center Joins Smiles Dental Now Smiles Dental RoseburgMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) The Dental Health Center a Roseburg OR dentist recently joined Smiles Dental a regionally-focused dental group in order to continue to provide comfortable high-quality dental services ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Online Business Franchise Opportunity Vs Affiliate ProgramMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Buy an online internet business franchise opportunity. Licensees only need a cell phone laptop and internet connection. Unlimited earning potential with an online franchise business ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help