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Thai Palace Approves Date for New General Elections

Thai officials say the country's king has approved a government proposal to hold a new general election in October.

Thailand's cabinet secretary-general said today (Friday) that a re-run of last April's problematic election will be held October 15th.

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called the April 2nd vote three years ahead of schedule amid mass demonstrations accusing his government of corruption and abuse of power.

Mr. Thaksin's ruling party was the top vote-getter, but three opposition parties had boycotted the election. The nation's constitutional court later nullified the vote, calling it unconstitutional.

Thai prosecutors have accused the ruling party and the main opposition party of vote-fraud and are calling for the groups to be disbanded.