Thailand will hold election re-runs in April in constituencies where voting was obstructed by opposition protesters earlier this month, poll officials announced on Tuesday.
Thailand's opposition on Tuesday launched a legal attempt to annul a controversial weekend general election, as the U.S. warned against any attempt at a military coup to end months of political agony.
China has canceled a deal to buy more than a million tons of rice from Thailand due to a probe into the beleaguered Thai government's subsidies for rice growers.
Thai protesters vowed Monday to stage larger rallies in central Bangkok and push ahead their efforts to nullify the results of elections that were expected to prolong a national political crisis.
Protesters trying to derail Thailand's national elections Sunday forced the closure of hundreds of polling stations in a highly contentious vote that has become the latest flash point in the country's deepening political crisis.
On the streets of Thailand's tense capital, campaign posters bearing images of the country's prime minister have been ripped apart and punched through, defaced with a blunt message for the beleaguered government of Yingluck Shinawatra: “Get Out.”
Thailand's government wants controversial elections to go ahead this weekend, a deputy prime minister said Tuesday, despite threats by opposition protesters to disrupt the polls to stop the ruling party returning to power.
A Thai protest leader was shot dead on Sunday as fellow demonstrators besieged polling stations in Bangkok, disrupting advance voting for hundreds of thousands of people before next weekend's controversial general election.
Anti-government demonstrators trying to derail a contentious general election scheduled next week in Thailand surrounded polling stations and chained them shut, blocking hundreds of thousands of people from casting advance ballots Sunday in the latest blow to the country's increasingly embattled government.
Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Friday that controversial elections scheduled for next month can be delayed due to deadly political unrest, adding to pressure on the embattled premier following weeks of mass opposition protests.