01 February 2014
Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has appealed to voters to participate in a disputed election on Sunday amid a growing consensus that the poll cannot end the country’s deep divisions.
In a message posted on her Facebook page, Ms Yingluck said: “This election will be one of the most meaningful elections as it will be a guiding light to the determination of Thailand’s future on the democratic path.”
But observers say while Ms Yingluck’s government will win a majority of the votes it is almost certain not to meet constitutional requirements for reconvening the Parliament.
… Tan Seng Chye, a senior fellow at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said: “The (government) Peau Thai Party has to gain some of the remaining seats to make up 95 per cent of the seats in Parliament before it can convene.”
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