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A Thai court has blocked government plans to partially privatise the state-owned Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

The Supreme Administrative Court ruled that the planned sale was illegal, as it would mean transferring land bought as a state enterprise to a private firm.

Critics of the deal have said shares would be sold to government supporters and that prices would rise as a result.

The flotation of EGAT was suspended last year after consumer groups and anti- privatisation activists petitioned the court. The proposed sale would have raised as much as US$895 million.

- With files from the BBC