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First choice for 2014: A fateful day for Thailand

For the first Time since the military coup of 2014, the Thai are called on to elect a new Parliament. However, the ruling Junta has secured already in the run-up to their Power.

chat chart Citiphan speaks of a "fateful day" for Thailand. More money for health care, the top candidate of Peu Thai promises, and he wanted to listen to the people. The largest opposition party will get to the last polls before the Morning started Parliament election, significantly more votes than the military. However, the Junta has secured a constitutional amendment two years ago, 250 Senate seats, regardless of the election result. In Thailand, voting is compulsory, by the way.

Princess Ubolratana withdrew their candidature - on the request of the king.

The only serious competitor to General Chan-Ocha Prayut would have been Princess Ubolratana. The big sister of the king, is popular in Thailand. But the little brother found that political commitment to a Royal is inappropriate. So Ubolratana withdrew her candidacy for Thai Raksa, whereupon the successor party of the red shirts of the choice was excluded.

Critical votes

at All presses the military have made it to the Opposition hard. Critical Newspapers and radio stations were forbidden, houses, candidate searches. Eight years after the last democratic election and five years after the army coup, the military have the country under control, says historian Chris Baker:

"Thailand has become very quiet. If, for example, at the University a group of students who discussed politics, then you realize to turn around, like all the others, and her feet look. And so for five years."

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