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New Thai Election Date Proposed

Thai election officials have proposed holding new elections on October 22nd.

At least 19 political parties discussed the timing of the next general election with Thailand's Election Commission today (Monday). Leading opposition parties boycotted the meeting.

The election committee proposed to hold the new poll after the completion of next month's celebrations for the 60th anniversary of King Bhumipol Adulyadej's ascension to the throne.

The new date, which still must be approved by the Cabinet, would give political candidates enough time to switch allegiances. The law states that every candidate must belong to a political party for at least 90 days before election day.

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called snap elections in April, which his Thai Rak Thai party won. But the victory was undermined by an opposition boycott. Thailand's constitutional court annulled the results earlier this month.