Thai govt rejects call to postpone election

2013-12-26 19:14
Anti-government protesters wave national flags during a demonstration in Bangkok. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul, AFP)

Anti-government protesters wave national flags during a demonstration in Bangkok. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul, AFP)

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Bangkok - Thailand's government rejected a call on Thursday by the election commission to postpone February elections following violent clashes between police and opposition protesters trying to disrupt preparations for the vote.

"The Election Commission said holding elections will bring violence but the government believes delaying an election will cause more violence," Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana said in a televised address.

A policeman was shot dead and dozens of people wounded after demonstrators seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra tried to force their way into a sports stadium in the capital where election candidates were gathered.

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