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Thai PM Promises Early Dissolution of Parliament

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On Thursday, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that the country’s parliament could be dissolved by the end of September, 45 days ahead of his proposed November 14th election date.

[Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai Prime Minister]: (Thai, male)
"So if we plan to have the election on November 14 this would mean the house dissolution will happen in the second half of September. After that we will tell the election commission and they will set the election date."

Under the constitution, parliament must be dissolved 45 to 60 days before an election.

Asked if that meant dissolution would be between September 15th and 30th, Abhisit replied: "Yes."

Abhisit is offering a reconciliation package which includes all political factions in Thailand – the red shirts, the yellow shirts and the multicolored.

[Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai Prime Minister]: (Thai, male)
"The reconciliation process is for everyone, not only between the government and one group. This reconciliation road map is for everyone in the country. If everybody takes part and if that is possible, then our election date will be on November 14."

Thai anti-government protesters have refused to leave their Bangkok camp until the prime minister sets a firm date for parliament dissolution.

The red-shirted supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra have broadly welcomed the plan.

A state of emergency has been in force since April 7th.