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Thanong: Election 'rush' threatens GDP

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Economic growth could be curtailed in 2014 if the government pushes ahead with a general election on Feb 2 amid continuing political conflict, former finance minister Thanong Bhidaya warned on Wednesday. 

In a speech on “Thailand’s Economic Risk Assessment”, Mr Thanong said he expected the country’s gross domestic product growth to range between 4.5% and 5% next year.

But he argued that figure could be slashed to less than 4% if the election is held before the current political dispute is settled and new election regulations introduced. 

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