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Thai PM: Referendum Needed for Casino Issue

24 June 2005

THAILAND – As reported by the Bangkok Post: "Thaksin said before any move was made to legalise casinos in Thailand, voters should be consulted in a referendum.

"He said the proper time for such a referendum would be at the next general election, when eligible voters could be asked to vote on the matter while casting their ballots to elect MPs or senators.

"…The prime minister said it was likely legalising casinos would bring benefits in much the same way as the new lottery his government introduced.

"He said the new lottery, modelled on the illicit version, had reduced problems related to the underground version and income from the sale of legal lottery tickets had been returned to the poor. He suggested that organised crime spawned by illegal gambling dens would be limited should casinos be legalised…"

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