Thai Election Body Urges Delay in Polls After Violent Protests

Thailand's Election Commission on Thursday urged the government to delay polls scheduled for Feb. 2 after hours of violent protests, adding to political uncertainty in the country, according to The Associated Press. In a statement, the commission said it was urging the government to consider "postponing the elections," citing the lack of "peace" between the government and protesters. The government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been insisting the polls should go ahead as planned. The protest movement seeking to oust her is demanding they be delayed, and has vowed to disrupt them. The demonstrators, some armed with sling shots, threw rocks and attempted to break through police lines. Officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets. At least 48 people were injured. Police said one of its officers had sustained a bullet wound, presumably fired by protesters.

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