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Court Annuls Election, Orders New Balloting

May 08, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Thailand's Constitutional Court today annulled last month's parliamentary election and ordered a new vote, a court official said.

Outgoing Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra dissolved Parliament in February and called the election amid huge protests against his government.

His Thais Love Thais party won 57% of the vote, but millions of Thais cast protest votes and an opposition boycott left the lower house without the full 500 lawmakers required for Parliament to convene.

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