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Thailand Elections Set After Junta Drops Campaign Ban

Thailand Elections

Bangkok: Thailand’s ruling military junta on Tuesday approved lifting of the ban on political activities it had imposed after taking power in a coup in 2014, clearing the way for an election to be held on February 24 next year. The long-awaited general election would be the country’s first since 2011.

The lifting of the ban came in a statement published by the Royal Gazette, the government’s public journal. “The people and political parties will be able to take part in political activities during this period up to the election in accordance with the Constitution,” said the statement cited by Thai media.

Thailand’s military junta banned political activity after toppling the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the hugely popular Pheu Thai party in the coup. (IANS)

 

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