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5 October 2009

Thai PM: House dissolution to follow stable economy

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Thailand’s the lower house of Parliament can be dissolved and that fresh elections can be held once the economy regains strength and the constitution has been amended, state news agency TNA quoted Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as saying Sunday.

Abhisit said dissolution depends on the long-pending charter amendment in conjunction with three conditions: the national economy must stabilise considerably, the election rules must be acceptable and the political atmosphere must be peaceful.

Abhisit’s remarks, made during his weekly TV address, came as senior executives of political parties in his nine-month-old coalition government were scheduled to meet Sunday evening and discuss amending the 2007 Constitution, written by charter experts appointed by the military-installed government following a coup in September 2006.

Abhisit has said that he expected that the charter rewriting process with six points of change, including the dissolution of a political party if its executives were found to have engaged in election fraud, would be completed within nine months.


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