Thailand Country Assessment Report (March 05, 2019)

Thailand’s long-awaited general elections (GE) are scheduled to be held on March 24. The March vote is deemed crucial for the country as it returns to democracy nearly five years since the 2014 military intervention led by General Prayuth Chan-o-cha. The election will also be key to returning a sense of stability to a nation going through the transition of a new monarch, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who will be officially crowned in May. However, the upcoming Thai elections have suffered both international and local criticisms for allegedly being scripted to ensure that the junta retains the real source of power even long after parliamentary democracy has been supposedly restored.
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