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Ruling party questions polls ruling

Published 25/01/2014 | 07:02

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Members of the "White Shirt" movement hold up candles during a Bangkok vigil to demand democratic elections (AP)

Thailand's ruling party has questioned the reasoning behind a court decision allowing next month's general election to be postponed.

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But it held open the possibility that it might agree to put off the polls if its political rivals agree to recognise the legitimacy of a new vote.

Officials from Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling Pheu Thai Party said today that a constitutional court ruling allowing it to postpone the polls seemed to have no firm legal basis.

However, they hinted the government would consider a postponement if the opposition Democrat Party, which plans to boycott the polls, agreed to take part, and if anti-government demonstrators demanding Mr Yingluck step down ahead of any election cease their street protests.


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