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Thai Court nullifies Feb. 2 general election

BANGKOK (Kyodo) -- Thailand's Constitutional court Friday nullified the Feb. 2 general election that was held amid antigovernment protests and boycotted by the opposition.

     The Constitutional Court's judges voted six to three to nullify the election, citing a law that stipulated it must be held on the same day across the country.

     Another reason given was that the election was not held in 28 southern constituencies as there were no registered candidates. The election did not result in formation of a new government because voting could not be completed in those constituencies.

     That problem also kept the 500-seat House of Representatives from convening as the law requires that at least 475 elected parliamentarians attend the first session.

     Following the ruling, the Election Commission is obliged to discuss with the caretaker government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on a new election.

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