• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Court decision backs bid to have Thai election postponed

THAILAND'S Constitutional Court has opened the way to put off a general election the government has set for next month, piling pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who looks increasingly cornered by legal challenges to her grip on power.

The Election Commission sought court approval to postpone the vote, arguing the country was too unsettled by mass anti-government protests in the capital, now in their third month, to hold a successful vote.

Ms Yingluck called the election in the hope of confirming her hold on power in the face of protests trying to force her from office.

Thitinan Pongsudhirak, political analyst at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, said: "The ruling is likely to be seen as part of the build-up to dislodge Yingluck from office, similar to what happened in 2008 but with higher stakes and higher potential for violence and unpredictability."

In 2008, courts brought down two governments allied to Ms Yingluck's brother and ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who now lives in self-imposed exile.

The ruling appears to fudge a decision. It gave the Election Commission the right to postpone the ­election planned for a week tomorrow but also ruled the commission would have to agree on a new date with the government.

Varathep Rattankorn, a minister at the prime minister's office, said it would study the ruling.

Contextual targeting label: 
Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

208048