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Thailand general election date agreed

Thailand's government and election authorities agreed today to hold a general election on July 20 in a bid to end the country’s political stalemate.

The Election Commission announced the July date after meeting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and cabinet members.

It will draft an election decree on May 6 for the government to submit to King Bhumibol for his rubber stamp.

An election held on February 2 was nullified by the Constitutional Court on March 21 because it failed to meet legal requirements after anti-government protesters disrupted the registration process and voting.

Wealthy right-wing protesters want Ms Yingluck to step down to allow an interim non-elected government to implement “anti-corruption reforms” and remove her family’s influence from politics.

People’s Democratic Reform Committee leader Suthep Thaugsuban said last night that the group was launching “the final phase” of its struggle and would take power on May 14 to set up a “people’s government.”

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