(VOVworld) – The Thai Government will ask the military to provide security for the February election after violent clashes between police and opposition protesters left two people dead and more than 150 wounded.
In his televised address on Friday, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that he will also ask the supreme commander of the armed forces to ensure security for a second round of registration for constituency candidates on Saturday.
One day earlier, the Government of Prime Minister Yingluck Sinawatra rejected a call by the Election Commission to postpone the February election following the death of a policeman during a riot in Bangkok on the same day.
Over the past two months, Thailand has experienced the biggest wave of protests since 2010, claiming more than 90 lives. The demonstrators demanded the formation of a “People’s Council” to supervise reform plans over a period of one year or 18 months prior to new elections.
The Prime Minister proposed to set up a national reform committee with 499 members selected by an independent committee from 2,000 citizens of all social strata as a solution to the crisis.