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Thailand to hold general election in November 2018

Thailand to hold general election in November 2018”

Thailand will hold a general election in November 2018, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday, the most precise date he has given yet for the vote since taking power in a 2014 military coup.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters Tuesday that his government will announce the exact election date next year.

That and other promised time frames have come and gone as Prayuth consolidated power, managed the death of the late King Bhumibol and the ascension of his successor, and supervised the writing of a new constitution that shackles future elected governments to military authority.

All politics and protests have been banned under Prayut's regime, the most autocratic Thailand has seen for a generation. 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 election date creates clarity", Ong-art said.

The decision comes more than a year after Prayut's initial promise to hold elections this year.

"In November 2018 there will be an election".

The military claimed the new charter, Thailand's 20th, will purge Thailand of corrupt civilian politicians and restore stability after almost a decade of political turmoil including two coups. Thaksin's governments, or those backed by him, have won every election since 2001, partly due to their overwhelming popularity with politically-powerful rural voters. Thaksin was ousted in 2006 and lives overseas in self-imposed exile.

But they are loathed by Bangkok's army-allied elite, who have cast them as corrupt political opportunists.

After her government was toppled in the 2014 coup, ex-premier Yingluck was put on trial for negligence over a costly rice subsidy scheme - a case which her supporters slammed as a junta-led witch hunt.

Thaksin, who was overthrown in a 2006 coup, is also living in self-exile to avoid convictions which he says are politically motivated.



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