Thai Government Says no Delay in Sunday Election

Thai Government Says no Delay in Sunday Election

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government has announced it will go ahead with parliamentary elections this Sunday despite street protests and an opposition boycott.

Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana made the announcement Tuesday after a meeting between Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the Election Commission, which had sought a delay in the polls.

Protesters occupying parts of Bangkok are demanding that Yingluck step down before any election, and that she be replaced by a non-elected interim government that would institute reforms to fight corruption. The opposition Democrat Party also is boycotting the election.

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