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Thailand elections confirmed for 2018

Thailand elections confirmed for 2018

'The exact election date will be announced around June.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has confirmed that general elections will take place in November next year, amid confusion over the election dates and accusations that the ruling junta has been aiming to prolong its rule since a 2014 coup. In 2014, the army seized power once more, toppling Thaksin's sister, Yingluck. Thais are now preparing for the cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose body has been lying in state since his death on Oct 13 past year.

In April, King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed into law a military-backed constitution that kickstarts the process for an election the junta has promised will restore democracy.

The day after Prayuth met with US President Donald Trump, a joint statement was published on both the White House and Thai Foreign Ministry websites, committing Thailand to a roadmap that would "lead to free and fair elections in 2018".

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"In November 2018, there will be an election". Puea Thai and its previous iterations have won every single election for over a decade. "If it is not dissolved and if its leader is more compromising, then maybe Thailand can move on", he told Southeast Asia Globe last month, days after Yingluck's conviction.

Last year, the military pushed through a new constitution that critics said would boost military power and limit the sway of elected officials. She fled overseas in August, just before a court ruled that she had been negligent in her government's handling of a multibillion-dollar rice subsidy scheme and sentenced her to five years in jail, in absentia.

The country has been bitterly divided ever since a 2006 coup that toppled Thaksin Shinawatra as prime minister.

The junta has further enshrined its governmental role by declaring that any future administration must adhere to its "legally binding 20-year-plan" for the country.


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