After 4 years of waiting, the Thai elections are approaching!
In Thailand, one of the most important events of the year 2019 is coming !
The land of smiles will experience its first elections in over 4 years!
Since 22 May 2014, the day of the coup d'état led by Prayuth Chan-Ocha, the military junta has been in power in the country. After many years of political domination by the Puea Thai who has won all the national elections since 2001, a feeling of dread reigns on the side of the military who do not wish to see the Shinawatra family regain power.
Demonstration calling on the government not to delay the early January elections any longer - Photo Reuters
As a result, in only a few months, many parties were formed and new candidates registered to run in the Thai political arena. First announced for the end of February 2019, the elections have once again been postponed to 24 March 2019.
First announced for the end of February 2019, the elections have once again been postponed to 24 March 2019.
Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, eldest daughter of King Rama X - Photo AFP
Prayuth Chan-Ocha, head of the military junta - Photo NARONG SANGNAK / EPA / MAXPPP
In response to these events, Prayuth Chan-Ocha, the head of the junta, stated in a statement that he would gladly accept the invitation of the Phalang Pracharat (Pro-military) party to become prime minister in case of victory in the legislative elections.
As a result, the leaders of the party concerned are forbidden to create political parties for a period of ten years.
This announcement will inevitably impact the next legislative elections and reinforce the division that already exists between the ultra-royalist "yellow" and "red" supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra.