SIA to cancel 19 flights as travellers avoid Bangkok

SIA to cancel 19 flights as travellers avoid Bangkok

SINGAPORE - SIA, which flies five times a day to Bangkok, will cancel about one in 10 flights between Jan 14 and Feb 25.


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Thai ruling party to launch election bid amid protests

By AFP

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's party is due Saturday to kick off campaigning for controversial elections boycotted by the opposition and rejected by anti-government protesters preparing to "shut down" Bangkok.

The Puea Thai party will launch its bid for re-election next month with rallies in its northern heartlands and on the outskirts of the capital, which has been shaken by weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations that have left eight people dead and about 400 wounded.

"I am confident that the campaign will go smoothly - we are not the ones triggering conflict," said party leader Jarupong Ruangsuwan, adding that the election slogan would be urging people to vote to "preserve democracy".

Yingluck called snap elections after coming under intense pressure from demonstrators vowing to rid the country of the influence of her brother - controversial former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who is widely believed to control her party from self-exile in Dubai.

Thailand has been periodically convulsed by political bloodshed since Thaksin was overthrown by royalist generals in a coup in 2006.

The current protests, led by a former opposition MP, erupted over a now-shelved amnesty plan that could have allowed the former leader to return.

Demonstrators, who have vowed to disrupt the election on February 2, want Thai democracy to be suspended for a year or more, with a "people's council" installed to implement loosely defined reforms.

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