WASHINGTON — Thailand’s government will not delay its February vote as protests raged between police and anti-government protesters.
Reuters reported that one policeman was killed and about 100 people were hurt in the violence.
The country’s Election Commission (EC) called for the government to delay the vote, which seemed to be too hasty for opposition lawmakers to decide a course of action. The quick elections would only benefit current prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and not be a fair election, says the opposition. Yingluck had dissolved the parliament to facilitate quick elections.
The protests center around Yingluck’s family, the powerful Shinawatras, which include Yingluck’s exiled brother Thaksin. The protesters want to limit the power of the entrenched political elites, something that Yingluck would not agree to.