THAI JUNTA SAYS NO NEED FOR FOREIGN ELECTION OBSERVERS
Thailand does not need international observers to monitor next year’s general elections, the foreign minister said on Tuesday, despite criticism from pro-democracy activists that the military government has restricted fundamental civil rights, Reuters reports. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, who seized power in a coup in May 2014, had said in a number of occasions that the election should take place on February 24. Previous time-lines for a poll were repeatedly pushed back. Whether or not Prayuth, other military leaders and the newly formed Palang Prachart party are actually popular enough to win a significant number of seats in a free and fair election remains an open question, writes Joshua Kurlantzik for World Politics Review.