Thai PM, poll panel agree to hold new vote in July

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thai PM poll panelBangkok: Thailand’s election commission and the prime minister agreed to hold a general election in July, but anti-government protesters who disrupted a vote in February said they still wanted to see electoral reforms first.
The protesters have been trying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra since November, part of a long-running crisis that broadly pits Bangkok’s middle class and royalist establishment against the mainly poor, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Puchong Nutrawong, secretary-general of the commission, told reporters that the commission would ask the government to issue a royal decree and get the king’s endorsement for the vote. The cabinet, which must also sign off on an election, would probably consider the decree next week, he said.