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Thai vote to go ahead as planned as protesters boycott talks


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Thai vote to go ahead as planned as protesters boycott talks

Elections in Thailand look set to go ahead as planned despite mass anti-government protests.

Prime Minister Yingluk Shinawatra invited opponents for talks to discuss rescheduling the ballot until May on the advice of the election commission.

Protesters boycotted the meeting and will continue the “shutdown” of the capital Bangkok.

The election is set for February 2.

Those opposed to the government have refused to take part and want Yingluck to stand down and a “People’s Council” installed to run the country until electoral reforms are introduced.

Thailand is facing its worst political crisis since 2010.

Overnight, shots were fired at a protest barricade and a small blast was reported near the house of opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Eight people are said to have been killed since the protests began last November.

Demonstrators claim the government of Yingluk is controlled by her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin, ousted by the military in 2006

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