Thailand holds elections after half a decade

The Royal Palace of Thailand has issued a decree announcing the first general elections since the army came to power in 2014.

The election date will be announced by the Election Commission within 5 days.

Nat Laosisawakul, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Election Commission, reported last month that the commission’s general election date was 24 February 2019.

The junta government, led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, removed the ban on political campaigns immediately after the announcement of the election date.

The junta government had taken the first step towards the abolition of political bans in September.

Since the army took over the government in Thailand in May 2014, there has still been no democratic system in the country.

The junta administration, led by Prayuth, had postponed the elections with different excuses, despite the fact that it had previously announced the election date many times.

Thailand’s Chief of General Staff Apirat Kongsompong reacted to demonstrations supporting elections held three times in a week over rumors that the election date could be postponed for the fifth time, addressing the protesters, “You must set limits on your actions and not exceed that limit.” 

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