THAILAND’S long and winding return to democracy has been further delayed following the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) decision to change Section 2 of the MP election bill, with elections now expected to take place in early 2019. The decision to push back elections has been widely criticised by the international community, human rights groups and Thailand’s leading political parties. Shortly after the 2014 coup, which brought General Prayut and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to power, the public were told that Thailand would return to democracy the following year. Then, in February 2015, Prime Minister Prayut explained that the elections would instead be held in early in 2016. In 2016, he informed the United Nations General Assembly that democratic elections would be postponed until 2017. Another year passed and with it came another postponement. SEE ALSO: Thai Deputy PM Prawit’s luxury watch scandal deepens While in Washington in 2017,...
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