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New electoral laws place Thai democracy in danger

ON 24 March, for the first time since a May 2014 military coup, Thailand held a general election. The election was not free and fair. The rules under which it was conducted were designed to decrease the electoral chances of large parties and increase those of a pro-junta party. Parties …

Thailand’s right royal election fiasco

POLITICAL drama of the type that beset Thailand on 8 February is not new. In the course of a single day, King Vajiralongkorn’s elder sister broke historical precedent by registering as a prime ministerial candidate — a move that the King himself condemned as unconstitutional and inappropriate only hours later. …

Thailand’s upcoming general election faces another delay

THE Junta-led Thai government have pointed to a potential delay in the impending general election, sparking protests among activists who called on the kingdom’s leadership to honour the Feb 24 date. Late last week, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Kreangam said the polls would likely be delayed to avoid election-related activities …

Thailand’s Prayuth says open to invitation for PM candidacy

THAILAND’S military Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said any political party that wished to see him run for office as a civilian in the upcoming elections should extend a formal invitation. Prayuth said this after key figures from the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), a newly formed pro-military and conservative political party, …