Regional Outlook, Global Perspective

SCORES DEFY THAI JUNTA WITH RALLY DEMANDING ELECTIONS

Around 400 Thais on Saturday gathered in defiance of a junta ban on protests to call for a return to democracy, as public anger mounts over prolonged military repression. Thailand’s junta-appointed parliament approved a controversial change to electoral law last month that could push back the country’s already long-delayed general election. Elections to restore democracy have been postponed several times with November being the latest date set by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was appointed by a military-backed legislature following a coup in 2014. But a change in the election law by parliament last month means the date almost definitely will be pushed back to early 2019.

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