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Thailand's Feb. 2 general election results ruled invalid by court

By Kyle Johnson,

Thailand's Feb. 2 general election has been ruled invalid by the country's Constitutional Court on Friday.

The results were tossed after a 6-3 vote, because the law says that polling has to take place across the whole country all on the same day, reports The Associated Press. The ruling cannot be appealed.

The delay in polling in some areas was the result of protesters keeping potential candidates from registering. The Constitutional Court Secretary-General Pimol Thampitakpong said, "The process (now) is to have a new general election."

Opposition to the current ruling government and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra protested the election because her Pheu Thai party likely would have won the election in a landslide, owing partially to the fact that the Democrat Party opted to not enter the election out of protest.

According to CNN, civil unrest originally erupted after the prime minister's party introduced a bill that would have given amnesty to her brother Thaksin Shinawatra.

He was the previous prime minister until he was ousted and found guilty of corruption six years. The bill would have let him return to the country, one where many believe that Yingluck is simply a puppet for her brother.

Anti-government protesters have been demanding that Yingluck and her party resign so a new general election could be held.

photo: By J. Patrick Fischer (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-de or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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