Snap election set for Feb 2

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BANGKOK, Dec 10 – A royal decree dissolving Thailand’s House of Representatives was officially endorsed by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej yesterday, entitling Yingluck Shinawatra as caretaker prime minister and scheduling February 2 for a general election.

Suranand Vejjajiva, former secretary general to the prime minister, said Ms Yingluck is holding a Cabinet meeting today to discuss the responsibilities of all caretaker ministers as stipulated in Section 181 of the Constitution.

The royal decree was officially announced in the Royal Gazette on the same day. The decree also assigns the chairman of the Election Commission to assume the caretaker role until a new leader is appointed.

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