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Politics Back in Fashion in Thailand Despite Poll Delays

Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha rowed a boat across a pond dotted with lotus leaves, planted some rice stalks in a field and turned to villagers who had come to meet him in Baan Saladin village in central Thailand. Speaking of an oft-delayed general election, the 63-year-old Prayuth, who led a 2014 coup that ousted the last elected government, simply said: "Elect a good person." Prayuth was in Nakhon Pathom province last month not to campaign for an election, but to roll out his "Long-lasting Thainess" plan, which involves sending soldiers and social workers to meet with people across Thailand to listen to their problems. But the "Thainess" undertaking is widely seen as the unofficial launch of Prayuth's own campaign to stay on as prime minister. Prayuth had promised to hold an election in November, but said last week the vote would take place "no later" than February 2019. "Those...

 

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