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Reds to rally nationwide Friday in support of poll

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana meets with Election Commission chairman Supachai Somcharoen at the Royal Thai Army Club yesterday for discussions on whether to go ahead with the February 2 election.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana meets with Election Commission chairman Supachai Somcharoen at the Royal Thai Army Club yesterday for discussions on whether to go ahead with the February 2 election.

The red-shirt United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) will hold a mass rally nationwide on Friday, red leader Nuttawut Saikuar said. He however refused to elaborate on the plan, saying there would be an announcement today.

Nuttawut, also deputy commerce minister, said the move was aimed at promoting next Sunday's election, and would be peaceful. Meanwhile, the red shirts' Twitter account @udd_red posted messages announcing that in addition to the nationwide rally, a big event would be held in Samut Prakan on Friday evening.

UDD chairwoman Thida Tavonseth said last week that the red shirts would rally today, but later changed the plan.




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